Thursday, April 27, 2006
Gregory Zepher of Georgetown
Video of Arrest
Willie Majors of Killeen
Video of Arrest
|Other Operation Falcon II Arrests|
"Taking dangerous criminals off the streets and helping law enforcement officers round up fugitives who evade justice have been key priorities of mine since taking office," said Attorney General Abbott. "We need to consolidate our efforts in this way to protect Texans who fall prey to these offenders."
U.S. Marshal LaFayette Collins of the Western District of Texas was joined by Fugitive Unit investigators, including Criminal Investigations Assistant Division Chief Pete LaFuente, Captain Jeff Bishop, and Sergeant Wesley Hensley, to announce the results of Operation FALCON II today in Austin. The acronym stands for "Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally."
The fugitives arrested were wanted on a variety of state and federal warrants. Many have been charged with sexual assault, but others were wanted for murder, robbery, gang activity and other offenses.
The Western District of the U.S. Marshal’s service area comprises the counties of Andrews, Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Bosque, Brewster, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Coryell, Crane, Culberson, Dimmit, Ector, Edwards, El Paso, Falls, Freestone, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hamilton, Hays, Hill, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Llano, Loving, Martin, Mason, Maverick, McCulloch, McLennan, Medina, Midland, Milam, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Robertson, San Saba, Somervell, Terrell, Travis, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, Washington, Williamson, Wilson, Winkler and Zavala.
Attorney General Abbott created the Fugitive Unit in August 2003 as a way to help local law enforcement officers and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice track down and apprehend those convicted of child sex offenses who had failed to report to parole officers, as required by law.
To date, the Fugitive Unit has made 432 arrests in Texas, including sex offenders, Louisiana Hurricane Katrina fugitives, and Texas parolees who disappeared during the Hurricane Rita evacuation.