WARREN, Mich. (FOX 2) - Across the nation, 2 million people are wanted on fugitive warrants. Of those 2 million, 11,000 are wanted for homicides. Local police and federal authorities alike work together to find and arrest these fugitives. Last week alone, the U.S. Marshals Service and Warren Police arrested 50 of them in just five days.
Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer held a press conference Thursday to announce Operation Crucial Capture. Last week's initiative landed 50 fugitives in custody and cleared 134 cases in just five days.
"It's all about teamwork," Dwyer said Thursday.
The suspects arrested in Warren and across Metro Detroit were wanted for crimes like bank robbery, sexual assault, home invasion, armed robbery, drugs, and weapons charges.
"If you're out there with a warrant, we're coming after you," Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark Jankowski said.
U.S. Marshals worked aggressively with more than a dozen local, state, and federal agencies to capture the wanted suspects.
"Many of those arrested are career criminals with a history of violence," Dwyer said.
During Operation Crucial Capture, FOX 2's Erika Erickson rode along with law enforcement as they arrested people like Lorenzo Allen who's been breaking into homes for the past 15 years.
Another man, Darnell Johnson, is particularly violent and vowed that he would "not go down without a fight." He was charged with assault with intent to murder in August of 2018 but was given a low bond. Once out of jail, he cut his GPS tether. But police have tracked him down.
"This was a violent criminal who was on the run for a long time. And everyone is safe now that he's in custody," said Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Aaron Garcia.
And there's more.
38-year-old Tony Coots was wanted for felony drug possession, selling, and manufacturing.
"We know he's in there and we're gonna find him," Garcia said.
And they did. They found him hiding in a closet.
In total: 134 cases were cleared, 6 firearms seized, and over $20,000 in cash was discovered in just 5 days. Man of the fugitives were hiding in 15 cities and now are facing federal charges.
Dwyer credits the team for the organized approach to take down the dangerous fugitives.
"This was an extremely intense, well organized and well planned and executed operation," Dwyer said.
Warren Police arrest 50 fugitives in 5 days during Operation Operations Crucial Capture