Operation Justice: Hundreds of fugitives rounded up - New York News

Operation Justice: 273 fugitives rounded up

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Law enforcement is cracking down on high-risk fugitives here in the valley.

Agents from the U.S. Marshals service and officers from all across the valley kept busy all last week by taking some of the most violent offenders off the streets.

Operation Justice is a week-long roundup of fugitives that started back in 2008.

The goal is to get career criminals and dangerous felons off the streets and also to get justice for crime victims.

The operation involved 28 law enforcement agencies from Maricopa and Pinal Counties, targeting more than a thousand fugitives, wanted for felony crimes, including robbery, rape, drugs and assault.

"Fugitives post a serious threat with our criminal justice system in that they continually finance their flight from the law through further criminal activities," said U.S. Marshal Davis Gonzales.

Some of those arrested in the operation include Ronald Clark, wanted in connection with a home invasion where he allegedly held a gun to the head of a 2-year-old child.  And James Lane, wanted on charges of rape, kidnapping and dangerous drugs.

"These officers work tirelessly tracking down these criminals to make sure they can be re-incarcerated or incarcerated for the first time, so they don't continue to perpetrate those crimes on our community," said Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead.

Phoenix Police Assistant Chief Sandra Renteria added, "And as you know, we had a fallen officer about a month ago involved in a fugitive apprehension detail who goes out daily to apprehend fugitives -- just like we are doing in this roundup."

"It takes weeks and months of preparation to get to the point where we're going out and reaching these fugitives. They are so mobile, tracking those individuals, trying to locate them, can be very very difficult," said Gonzales.

In all, 273 fugitives were arrested during the operation, including 139 drug offenses, 23 sex offenses and 22 for aggravated assault.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Chris Rock gets foul ball at Yankees game

    Chris Rock gets foul ball at Yankees game

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:03:11 GMT
    Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize -- a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.
    Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize -- a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.
  • Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:02 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:02:35 GMT
    Public Advocate Letitia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
    Public Advocate Letitia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
  • Pediatric cancer awareness

    World Trade Center to go gold

    World Trade Center to go gold

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:48:12 GMT
    Like so many teenagers, Shelby Huff was hung up on getting abs until one day two years ago when she realized looking good was not as important as feeling good. She was doing sit-ups when suddenly she developed huge bruises on her legs. Shelby was diagnosed with a deadly bone marrow disease.
    Like so many teenagers, Shelby Huff was hung up on getting abs until one day two years ago when she realized looking good was not as important as feeling good. She was doing sit-ups when suddenly she developed huge bruises on her legs. Shelby was diagnosed with a deadly bone marrow disease.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices