Task Force Arrests 182 Suspects in 2 Weeks

By Allison Klein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 27, 2006

The U.S. Marshals Service led a team of officers this month in arresting 182 fugitives wanted by Prince George's County authorities for various crimes, most of them violent felonies.

The roundup, called Operation Nemesis, took place from May 15 until yesterday, when officers arrested a man on an attempted murder charge in the District.

Of the fugitives, seven were wanted on homicide charges, 23 on sex assault charges and 33 on drug charges. Suspects were arrested in Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Georgia.

The team of officers, called the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, was made up of 24 federal, state and local agencies, including the Prince George's police and sheriff's departments, Maryland State Police and the U.S. Secret Service.

A total of 250 suspects were targeted in the two-week period. Officials said they are still looking for the remaining 68 fugitives.

"This is going to make a huge difference for us in our struggle to keep crime down," said Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey (D), who will prosecute many of the suspects who were arrested.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said his office will review the cases to see whether any of them can be moved to federal court.

"No one agency can do this alone," said Tom Hession, chief inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service, who coordinated the operation. "We don't have the manpower."

He said the initiative was successful in "disrupting the operations" of criminals.

Johnny Hughes, Maryland's U.S. marshal, said he routinely gets requests from local authorities asking for assistance in rounding up fugitives.

The marshals led a similar initiative last year in Baltimore that yielded more than 100 arrests for felonies.

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