Mar 07,2007 00:00
'Operation FALCON' Is Largest-Ever Fugitive Operation Conducted in
A five-day law enforcement sweep called "Operation FALCON (Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally)-Baltimore" targeted violent offenders and fugitives who had prior arrests or convictions for violent crimes and has resulted in 195 arrests in Baltimore City, Baltimore and Harford Counties, Md., and in New Jersey. From February 26 through March 2, 2007, more than 160 law enforcement officers from 28 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies worked side by side in teams throughout
Of the 195 fugitives apprehended in the operation, six were arrested on warrants for murder or attempted murder; 86 were arrested for robbery, assault, or other violent crimes; six were arrested for sex offenses; and more than 25 were arrested for narcotics offenses. Over 80% of the fugitives arrested were wanted for violent crimes or had prior convictions or arrests for violent crimes. As part of the arrests announced today, more than 323 cases have now been closed. In addition, Operation FALCON-Baltimore also resulted in at least 24 gang-related arrests and the arrests of four of
"A significant number of dangerous criminals have been removed from the streets of
"Together with our law enforcement partners we have taken another step to make
Fugitives who have been arrested include the following:
-- Don Armstead, 31: Armstead was wanted on a warrant for attempted murder, assault, armed robbery, reckless endangerment, and malicious destruction of property. An Operation FALCON-Baltimore team located him hiding in the attic of a house and arrested him without incident.
-- Nicoma Nordine, 29: Nordine, a suspected gang member, was apprehended by an Operation FALCON-Baltimore team on a federal warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
-- Corey Parker, 31: Parker was wanted on a warrant for attempted murder, assault, armed robbery, reckless endangerment, and malicious destruction of property. An Operation FALCON-Baltimore team apprehended him as he attempted to flee through the rear of the residence where he was found.
In addition, Operation FALCON-Baltimore also included an extensive operation to debrief arrestees to gather intelligence relating to gang activity and other violent crime in
"In just one week, we have made the streets of