Acting U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Michigan Mark Jankowski and Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer stand before images of the 50 people arrested Jan. 13-17 during “Operation Crucial Capture.”

Acting U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Michigan Mark Jankowski and Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer stand before images of the 50 people arrested Jan. 13-17 during “Operation Crucial Capture.”

Photo by Brian Louwers


Task force arrests 50 felons on outstanding Warren warrants

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 23, 2020

 Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer briefs reporters about the arrests of 50 people on outstanding felony warrants sought by the Warren Police Department.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer briefs reporters about the arrests of 50 people on outstanding felony warrants sought by the Warren Police Department.

Photo by Brian Louwers

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“You can flee the city. You can flee the state. You can even flee the country. We’re going to find you. We’re going to get you. We’re going to bring you back to justice,” Garcia said. 

Aaron Garcia, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal, leader of the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team

WARREN — A team of 75 officers from various federal, state, county and local agencies mounted a five-day operation that resulted in the arrests of 50 people on outstanding felony warrants sought by the Warren Police Department, officials announced Jan. 23.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said the arrests of the fugitives wanted on felony warrants for “the most serious, violent and harmful offenses” were made between Jan. 13 and 17 by officers working with the Warren Police Department’s Special Operations Unit and Criminal Investigations Division, and the United States Marshals Service.

Dwyer said the arrests were made on a total of 69 felony warrants and 11 misdemeanors, for alleged offenses including bank robbery, assault, criminal sexual conduct, home invasion, narcotics manufacturing and delivery, child abuse, domestic violence and weapons charges. An additional 54 warrants were cleared up by other means. In some cases, it was learned that the named subjects are deceased. Some were already in state custody or locked up out of state.  

Of those arrested, 21 were taken into custody in the city of Warren. An additional 10 were arrested in Detroit, and five were arrested in Roseville. Two were arrested in both Clinton Township and Sterling Heights. Individual arrests were made in Royal Oak, Livonia, Madison Heights, Highland Park, Hamtramck, St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township, Mount Clemens, Fraser and Oak Park.

“Three search warrants were executed while serving these arrest warrants: one in Warren, one in Livonia and one in Oak Park,” Dwyer said. “These resulted in the seizure of six firearms, narcotics and over $20,000 in cash.

“Many of those arrested are career criminals, having a history of violence, and were a significant threat to public safety. We will vigorously continue to pursue these fugitives who committed these types of crimes,” Dwyer said. “This was an extremely intense, well-organized, well-planned and executed operation. Many of the arrested were very dangerous fugitives who were armed. These arrests are not like arresting people for traffic violations, believe me.”

Mark Jankowski, acting U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Michigan, said the shared mission of the task force was to pursue justice, reduce violent crime and bring immediate relief to the community.

“That’s exactly what this task force did,” Jankowski said.

Participating officers from Warren and other municipalities were deputized to become “special deputies” of the U.S. Marshals Service, making it easier for them to operate outside of their jurisdiction.

Jankowski called Warren’s cooperation and the work of its officers “fantastic” and “very professional.”

The effort also included officers and resources from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Homeland Security, Michigan State Police, sheriff’s offices in Macomb, Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties, and a list of other local police departments including Detroit, Sterling Heights and Clinton Township.

“This is just a prime example of what we do and the synergy that’s created when we partner up together, and the great things that can happen,” said Joseph William Abdullah, assistant chief deputy U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Michigan. “This is not a one-and-done.

“These officers here are a fantastic example of Warren’s finest and the nation’s finest, and we are more than thrilled to have them onboard with us and to continue doing the great work that our folks and these officers can do. You’re going to see a lot of results,” Abdullah said.

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Aaron Garcia, who leads the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team, said the most remarkable thing about the recent operation was that there were no incidents.

“We were just well prepared,” Garcia said. “We have the greatest task force officers in the nation.”

He said not every fugitive sought during the operation was taken into custody, but that those who weren’t arrested were certainly reminded that they’re being actively sought. He encouraged them to surrender.

“You can flee the city. You can flee the state. You can even flee the country. We’re going to find you. We’re going to get you. We’re going to bring you back to justice,” Garcia said.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said that while the arrests added to a string of well-publicized law enforcement operations in Warren over the last year, it’s because the Warren Police Department is taking the initiative to arrest criminals.

“You hear a lot about crime, but it’s because we’re catching the bad guys,” Fouts said. “The entire metro area is safer because we went after the bad guys who tried to escape their warrants in Warren. We’re a safe city. We’re a little safer today.”

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