Friday, April 15, 2005
It's been a busy week for the U.S. Marshals, county Sheriffs' Marshals, and local police agencies nationwide, as they pulled 10,000 wanted felons off the street during a week long round-up of bad guys.
The number of arrests during the weeklong effort last week was 10 times the average for such a period, according to the U.S. Marshals Service, which led the nationwide dragnet timed to coincide with National Victims Rights Week.
At the same time, however, those arrests represent just 1 percent of the 1 million fugitives in the FBI's national database, the Marshals Service says.
More than 150 of those nabbed April 4-10 were wanted for murder, 550 were sought on rape or sexual assault charges, and more than 600 had outstanding arrest warrants for armed robbery, federal officials said Thursday.
Among those captured were 150 gang members and 100 unregistered sex offenders, said Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who held a news conference with U.S. Marshals Service Director Ben Reyna to announce the results of "Operation Falcon" - an acronym for Federal And Local Cops Organized Nationally.