RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - U.S. Marshals are reporting that they arrested 352 fugitives in or from the Richmond area in 2016, including 34 homicide suspects. Two arrests were coordinated in Colombia and Guatemala.
Many of the fugitives arrested faced several charges, but the arrests were broken down by the most serious offense:
- Homicide - 34
- Assault, to include Attempted Murder - 52
- Robbery - 33
- Kidnapping - 17
- Burglary - 30
- Drug Violations - 94
- Rape / Sex Assault - 21
- Failure to Register as a Sex Offender - 4
- Weapon Offenses - 43
- Vehicle Theft - 6
- Other Felony Offenses - 18
"Our mission is simple—bring dangerous fugitives to justice," said U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson. "Our task force brings together experienced fugitive investigators from the area's state, local and federal agencies who work together to arrest the worst of the worst in the region before they can commit another violent crime, or become the victim of a retaliation crime themselves."
U.S. Marshals say it is "not uncommon to discover co-defendants or other wanted persons in the company of a fugitive when they are arrested by the task force," including abducted children.
"While we are wrapping up another successful year of working with our law enforcement partners to track down and arrest the most violent offenders, our work is never finished," said Mathieson. "This is a dangerous mission. The brave men and women who volunteer for this assignment remain motivated by the justice that they bring to the crime victims and their families."
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