Monday, April 28, 2008

Seattle-area police and federal agents round up 55 wanted on arrest warrants

By Jennifer Sullivan
Seattle Times staff reporter

The King County Sheriff's Office announced this morning that officers from several Seattle-area police agencies as well as federal agents have rounded up 55 people wanted on arrest warrants during a special emphasis last week.

Authorities focused on 130 active warrants during the sweep titled Operation CROW (Cops Rounding Up Outstanding Warrants), said sheriff's spokesman Rodney Chinnick. Officers from 20 agencies participated in the emphasis, which lasted from Wednesday through Friday, Chinnick said.

Among the suspects arrested were four wanted in the illegal possession of a firearm, 16 in burglaries, four in robberies, 20 in assaults, three regarding sex crimes, three in identify theft and several on drug charges, Chinnick said.

Investigators are still searching for suspects who remain outstanding.

"We may be out again on a similar operation in six months or a year," Chinnick said.

During the sweep, members of the Pacific Northwest Fugitive Apprehension Task Force seized more than $11,000 in cash, a vehicle, and approximately 3 ½ ounces of cocaine and heroin packaged for distribution.

The sweep comes nearly eight months after 249 people were arrested by federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies during a Puget Sound-area roundup organized by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or

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