UNDATED- The United States Marshals Service on Monday announced the capture of 232 fugitives in Delaware for 2005. According to spokesman Marshal David W. Thomas, this is an increase of 89 percent from the previous year.
In 2004 there were 123 fugitives arrested by the Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and 52 arrests in 2003.
Thomas said that in Delaware during 2005, 10 fugitives were arrested for murder and three were arrested for attempted murder. Nine fugitives were arrested for rape and 19 fugitives were arrested for robbery.
The United States Marshals Service First State Fugitive Task Force is comprised of members of the Marshals Service, Delaware State Police, Delaware State Probation and Parole, New Castle County and Wilmington Police Departments. The state and local officers were sworn in as special deputy U.S. Marshals in order to provide them with broader jurisdictional authority. This is a valuable tool for law enforcement in Delaware because of the ability of a fugitive to flee the state in a short period of time.
During 2005, Wilmington and New Castle County Police joined the Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force on a full-time basis. Thomas said that just days after the Wilmington Police Department assigned an officer to the fugitive task force a suspect in a drug-related killing in the city in 2003 was arrested. The suspect was arrested by marshals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Working under the direction of U.S. Marshals, the First State Fugitive Task Force has concentrated on fugitives for federal and state charges. Thomas said the marshals focus on the most violent and dangerous criminals, the “Worst of the Worst.”
Thomas said that during 2005, The United States Marshals Service directed two fugitive roundups. Operation FALCON was a one week fugitive sweep in April 2005. This led to the arrest of 56 fugitives in the State of Delaware. In September 2005, Operation MPACT focused on fugitives in Kent and Sussex Counties. This three-day sweep resulted in 36 fugitive arrests.
Thomas said that some of the fugitives arrested were: