Portland, ME – The U.S. Marshals Service's Maine Violent Offender Task Force (MVOTF) announces the conclusion of a six-month long Department of Justice initiative aimed at combating violent crime in cities and towns across the District of Maine.
From the beginning of April through the end of September, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested fugitives wanted for homicide, sex offenses and other violent crimes in Maine or with a nexus to Maine. Specifically, 19 fugitives were captured for crimes involving dangerous drugs, 17 for felonious assaults, nine for weapons offenses and two for homicide/murder. Additionally, several fugitives were arrested for various violent crimes to include but not limited to rape, kidnapping and carjacking, among other offenses.
"This operation targeted some of the area's most violent fugitives, and thanks to the efforts of the Violent Offender Task Force and our partners, the District of Maine is a safer place. The U.S Marshals Service in Maine remains committed to doing our part to reduce violent crime by utilizing our expertise in fugitive apprehension to capture violent wanted persons," said Kevin W. Neal, Acting U.S. Marshal for the District of Maine.
United States Attorney Darcie N. McElwee commended the U.S. Marshals Service for the District of Maine. "We can always rely on our professional partners at the U.S. Marshals Service to assist in bringing those who engage in violence in Maine’s communities to justice."
The U.S. Marshals Service Maine Violent Offender Task Force is comprised of members of the U.S. Marshals Service, Maine State Police, Maine Department of Corrections, Biddeford Police Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any state or federal fugitive please contact the U.S. Marshals Service, District of Maine at MED.TIPLINE@usdoj.gov.