"Operation Falcon" rounds up 98 fugitives in the Louisville area - WDRB 41 Louisville News

"Operation Falcon" rounds up 98 fugitives in the Louisville area

"Operation Falcon" swooped down in the Louisville area this week.  Now 98 fugitives, many of them involved in violent crime, are now in police custody.

It sounds easy enough: research where Louisville fugitives have lived or might be and send out teams of local, state, and federal officers to round them up.  But, as you'll see, there's a lot more to it than that.

Last Tuesday, as "Operation Falcon" began Fox 41 News rode along with one of the five arrest squads.

First stop, an apartment building where a man with a history of violent crime might be living.  Neighbors point officers to an apartment and hardware store down the street where the suspect might hang out.

"I'm extremely proud of that: about how Louisville officers work together with state officers, with federal agents to make sure this is a safe community," said Lt. Col. Philip Turner with Louisville Metro Police.

When one trail goes cold, there are other cases to pursue.

At this address, mean dogs and video cameras give investigators they aren't welcome, but when they persisted then someone finally answered the door.

The delay in cooperating leads to a search and the discovery of drug paraphanelia.  An arrest officers didn't expect results.

"The numbers are staggering. We did really good. 65-felony arrests throughout the entire Louisville Metro area," said Rich Knighten, with the U.S. Marshal Service.

Here are more of "Operation Falcon's" results: 98 actual arrests, which cleared 142-outstanding warrants.  Among those arrested: 13-people facing assault charges, 13-running from drug arrests and two sex offenders.

Federal funds finance this yearly partnership that brings departments together to search for fugitives.

So far this month, "Operation Falcon" has accounted for more than 10,000 arrests nationwide.

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