Nearly 400 Mich. fugitives arrested in federal effort
A U.S. Marshals Service initiative aiming to find the country’s most violent offenders has netted nearly 400 fugitives, gang members, sex offenders and others in the Eastern District of Michigan, authorities announced Wednesday.
Investigators also recovered 17 children who had been abducted and reported missing. The announcement did not include where the children were from or where they were found.
Operation Violence Reduction12, conducted over six weeks in all 94 federal judicial districts nationwide, focused on fugitives who had three or more prior felony arrests for crimes such as murder, attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, arson, kidnapping, weapon offenses, sexual assault, child molestation and narcotics.
Notable arrests in the Eastern District of Michigan included:
■ Timothy Terry, who was wanted by the Detroit police in connection to a man’s fatal shooting outside a west side Home Depot. The U.S. Marshals-led Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team found information that led to his arrest in Ohio.
■ Christopher Housel, whom Ohio authorities sought on an attempted murder charge after he allegedly nearly burned a college student to death at a party. Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team investigators tracked him to Hartland, where he was arrested.
■ Melvin Thomas, accused by Wayne County Sheriff’s officials as being a serial rapist through a DNA match in a 1995 assault.
“If you commit a crime, you will be held accountable,” said United States Marshal Robert Grubbs. “We will exhaust all resources to ensure that a fugitive faces justice.”
Also as part of the second Operation VR12, the U.S. Marshals Service used its authority and fugitive task force network to arrest 648 gang members and others wanted on charges, including 559 for homicide and 946 accused of sexual offenses, between Feb. 1 and March 11, officials said in a statement. Investigators also seized 463 firearms and $390,360 as well as more than 71 kilograms of illegal narcotics.