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DECEMBER 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md

MORE THAN 140 SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN BALTIMORE FUGITIVE


ROUNDUP

“Operation Safe Holiday” Represents Coordinated Law


Enforcement Effort to Fight Crime

BALTIMORE – A four-day law enforcement sweep called


“Operation Safe Holiday” resulted in arrests of more than
140 fugitives last week, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J.
Rosenstein and U.S. Marshal Johnny Hughes announced today.

“Operation Safe Holiday” targeted violent offenders and


fugitives who had prior arrests or convictions for violent
crimes and has resulted in 141 arrests in Baltimore City,
Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Prince George’s Counties,
Maryland. From December 10 through 13, 2007, 110 law
enforcement officers from federal, state and local law
enforcement agencies apprehended fugitives throughout
Baltimore.

Of the 141 fugitives apprehended in the operation, 10 were


arrested on warrants for murder or attempted murder; 49
were arrested for robbery, assault, or other violent
crimes; 11 were arrested for sex offenses; and 11 were
arrested for narcotics offenses. Most of the fugitives
arrested were wanted for violent crimes or had prior
convictions or arrests for violent crimes. As part of the
arrests announced today, more than 214 cases have now been
closed. Operation Safe Holiday also resulted in 10 gang-
related arrests.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, “Every violent


criminal in jail is one less criminal who can wreak havoc
on our streets this holiday season. I am grateful to the
law enforcement agencies that assisted in making Baltimore
more safe for the holidays by helping to arrest these
dangerous fugitives. Operation Safe Holiday is just the
latest example of the coordinated efforts of federal, state
and local law enforcement agencies to fight crime.”

Fugitives who have been arrested include the following:


- Juan Hernandez, age 19, a suspected member of the Toone
Street Boys gang from Dundalk: was wanted on a warrant for
murder and arrested by members of Operation Safe Streets.

- William Terry, age 27, and Thomas River, age 22: were
apprehended on December 11, 2007 by an Operation Safe
Streets team on a warrant for assault on a law enforcement
officer in reference to discharging a weapon at Baltimore
City Police officers on December 10, 2007 in the 800 block
of East 22nd street.

In addition to the arrests made during the operation, 18


other warrants were cleared, mostly involving fugitives
located in prisons in Maryland or other jurisdictions. A
number of the arrested fugitives are being referred to the
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland for
federal prosecution.

The U.S. Marshals Service is commended for their leadership


in planning and executing Operation Safe Holiday, as well
as all of the participating agencies, including the
Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore City State’s
Attorney’s Office, ATF, DEA, FBI, Anne Arundel County
Police Department, Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office,
Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office, Baltimore City Public
Schools Police Department, Baltimore County Police
Department, Howard County Police Department, the Internal
Revenue Service, Maryland Division of Parole and Probation,
Maryland State Police, Montgomery County Police Department,
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Social Security
Administration - OIG, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S.
Secret Service.