BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Officials announce the conclusion of a two-week multi-agency operation that resulted in the arrest of 104 people with unpaid warrants. The effort was called Operation Washout II and it targeted violent criminals in Baltimore.
Police said five fugitives are wanted for murder, nine are wanted for attempted murder and 28 are wanted for firearms.
According to a spreadsheet provided by the Baltimore Police Department, one suspect alone has 11 subpoenas outstanding. The police commissioner said these large-scale arrests were a deterrent to future crime.
“The goal is for this initiative to create a common deterrent that violators will see what just happened and know this is going to happen to them too,” said Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. know.
But in the days since the operation ended, the violence has continued. At least eight people have been killed since last Friday and 19 others shot.
The bloodshed left the people of Baltimore feeling hopeless and fearful.
“I don’t feel safe around here,” a young woman told WJZ in the Brooklyn neighborhood where a 16-year-old boy was shot to death on Valentine’s Day.
“I’m just scared sometimes walking out the door knowing I’m living right here. It’s just crazy,” said another woman from the same block.
All suspects still have the right to be released before trial if they are eligible for bail.
“Now that we’ve caught these violent criminals, we need to make sure they’re prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Governor Larry Hogan, who attended the news conference. Director Larry Hogan, who attended the press conference and praised the multi-agency collaboration.
Despite the recent surge in violence, all involved agencies claim large-scale operations targeting known criminals will help reduce crime in the city of Baltimore.
“Operations like these and the arrests made have a direct impact on public safety in the City of Baltimore and bring peace to families in neighborhoods across our city, ‘ said Mayor Brandon Scott.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/02/18/104-fugitives-including-5-wanted-for-murder-arrested-in-operation-washout-ii-officials-say/ 104 fugitives, including 5 wanted for murder, arrested in ‘Operation Washout II,’ officials say – CBS Baltimore