NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force based in Norfolk, took more than 300 dangerous fugitives off the streets of Hampton Roads in 2015.
From these 300 arrests, more than 500 outstanding felony warrants were cleared this year. This includes fugitives who were wanted on both state and federal arrest warrants, with charges ranging from murder and assault, to drug and sex offenses.
From Aug. 20 to Sept. 11, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force took 12 homicide suspects off the streets of Hampton Roads. Seven of the homicide suspects were wanted out of Portsmouth, three out of Norfolk, one out of Virginia Beach, and one from Georgia. In total, 29 homicide arrests were made this year.
The U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, Newport News Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Norfolk Police Department.
The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding federal and state warrants.