About 339 fugitives were arrested in New York City last month as part of a statewide crackdown targeting people accused of murder, sexual assault and other violent crimes, the US Marshals Service said Wednesday.
The service’s 30-day “Operation North Star” took place in the Big Apple and nine other cities plagued by rising gun violence and killings — with a total of 1,501 arrests across the country in June.
New York has had more arrests linked to the operation than any other city, with busts of both local suspects and foreign fugitives arriving in the five boroughs, officials said at a news conference at One Police Plaza.
Marshals and local authorities have joined forces to make 41 arrests in counts of manslaughter or attempted murder in the city, as well as 109 robbery busts, 84 for aggravated assault and 23 for sexual assault, officials said.
“Ultimately, the goal is to fight violent crime and make our community safer,” said Edward McMahon, chief inspector of the US Marshals Service.
“But what’s also important is that people are seeing teams of 10 to 12 law enforcement on their block pushing into their neighborhoods and taking the bad guys away. It lets them know the police are still out there, doing their job to help keep them safe.”
Those arrested included 21-year-old Jaden Baskerville, charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting in broad daylight that injured a 7-year-old girl at Coney Island in March.
Among those arrested in the operation was 24-year-old drill rapper Jeffrey Alexander, aka rapper 22Gz, a suspect in the shooting that injured two innocent bystanders in Brooklyn in March.
“We locked up a lot of people,” said Michael Kletzel, deputy chief and commanding officer of the NYPD’s Fugitive Enforcement Division.
Kletzel said the refugee department routinely arrests about 300 people a week.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the justice system must go beyond arresting people, in an apparent shot at lax bail laws and soft prosecutions.
“They must be prosecuted. They need to be arrested,” Sewell told reporters of suspects. “They are dangerous. So the arrest is expected and we are, but we must hold them accountable for their actions following this arrest.”
The other cities in the operation were Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
Statewide, the effort also resulted in the seizure of 166 firearms, over $53,600 in confiscated money — and more than 80 pounds of illegal narcotics, the Marshals Service said.
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