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For Immediate Release

Contact:
August 16, 2021 Daryl Diamond, Senior Inspector
Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Joint U.S. Marshals and Baltimore Police-led 'Operation Washout'
Targets Violent Criminals, Gangs, Firearms

Baltimore, MD – A large-scale multi-agency law enforcement operation led by the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Baltimore Police Department’s Warrant Apprehension Task Force focused on wanted violent offenders and gang members, has concluded.

The two-week operation, which took place in July resulted in dozens of arrests and firearms seized throughout the Baltimore area. A total of 93 fugitives were arrested, including four suspects wanted for homicide, 11 wanted for attempted homicide, 26 wanted for domestic violence, three wanted for rape and four wanted in relation to firearms offenses. Sixteen documented gang members and known gang associates were among those arrested, and nine firearms were seized during the operation. Overall, 110 warrants created by the Baltimore Police Department were served.

Operation Washout (OWO) is a United States Marshals Service-led collaborative initiative that partners federal, state, and local law enforcement to focus on specific areas impacted by gang-related violence, while targeting the most violent offenders and organizations. The overall goal of OWO is to foster safer communities by providing immediate relief from gang-related violence by investigating and arresting fugitive gang members and the criminal organizations responsible for committing violent crimes.

“Arresting these most violent fugitives has enhanced safety for the citizens of Baltimore and the surrounding areas,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of Maryland Johnny Hughes. “The United States Marshals Service stands committed to working with our allied law enforcement partners in combating violent crime.”

“Our collaboration with the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and participation in joint operations like Operation Washout reflect our ongoing partnership and commitment to apprehending some of the most violent offenders and taking them off the streets,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. “This operation demonstrated our ongoing efforts in working with all of our law enforcement partners at the federal, state and local level in creating a safer Baltimore.”

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force is a congressionally supported multi-agency task force whose mission is to focus resources and efforts on the reduction of violence within the National Capital Region through the identification, investigation, and apprehension of fugitives wanted for egregious crimes against the community, while ensuring the application of equal Justice, Integrity, and Service for all.

Participating agencies: U.S. Marshals Service; Baltimore City Police Department; Baltimore County Police Department; Maryland State Police; the Department of Homeland Security Investigations; FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Howard County Police; Maryland Transportation Authority Police; Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; and Annapolis Police Department.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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