The U.S. Justice Department Just Rounded Up More Than 8000 Fugitives

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The U.S. Marshals Service arrested more than 8,000 fugitives in a recent nationwide sweep, including more than 250 people wanted in North Texas for a number of violent offenses.

Another stabbing suspect, 38-year-old Stephen Priester, was arrested in Fairmont March 2 accused attempted murder in a February 25 attack.

On March 11, 2016, the US Marshall's Service obtained credible information that Lewis was residing in Colmesneil.

Numerous fugitives wanted for sex offenses were also tracked down and arrested.

Lewis was booked in the Hardin County Jail.

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Marshals Service has conducted a high-impact national fugitive apprehension initiative focusing on the country's most violent offenders.

"If you can identify the core group of violent offenders - and focus on getting them off the street - you can clean up entire neighborhoods". "Thanks to the strategic and focused efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service and their law enforcement partners, our nation's streets are now rid of over 500 accused murderers, 600 gang members and almost 1,000 sex offenders".

In some cases, the deputy attorney general said that the targeted fugitives "initiated gun battles, forced barricaded standoffs, assaulted officers and did everything they could to evade arrest".

U.S. Marshal for Hawaii Gervin Miyamoto said the operation in the islands demonstrated how various agencies can work together well.

"This truly validated that we were going after the most risky criminals who were hardened, experienced and repeat offenders, " said David Harlow, deputy director of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Blake Edwards Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper, who were wanted in Missouri, Georgia, Alabama and Florida for multiple charges including kidnapping, armed robbery, burglary and firearms violations.

Diewon Cyphers was wanted by the Lubbock Police Department for Aggravated Robbery and allegedly shot a man in the leg. Lubbock Police Department requested the assistance of the NTFTF and three days later the suspect was located and arrested. Last year, Marshals in Alaska made 14 arrests during the same time period. The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Martin on February 23 in Morgantown.

Investigators also seized four firearms, one ounce of heroin, five grams of meth and two grams of cocaine during the operation, Marshals wrote in a statement.

Harlow described the federal operation as having produced 'tremendous results, " but local law enforcement's record of pursuing fugitives has been uneven at best.