BALTIMORE, MD — Governor Larry Hogan provided an update Friday alongside the U.S. Marshals Service on a large-scale, multi-agency law enforcement operation focused on apprehending violent fugitives and gang members wanted in the first two weeks of February, leading to dozens of arrests throughout the Baltimore area.
The governor also urged the Maryland General Assembly to pass his emergency crimes bills, including tougher sentences for violent offenders and real transparency to track judges’ sentences for violent crimes.
“The primary objective of this aggressive, multi-agency sweep was to remove some of the most violent repeat criminals from the streets of Baltimore City,” Governor Hogan said. “I want to thank all participating agencies at the federal, state and local levels for their hard work and dedication. This is yet another example of what we can accomplish when we work together and focus on tackling violent crime. »
“I want to thank all participating agencies at the federal, state and local levels for their hard work and dedication,” Governor Hogan said. “This is yet another example of what we can accomplish when we work together and focus on tackling violent crime.”
Operation Washout II resulted in a total of 104 fugitive arrests, including five suspects wanted for homicide, nine wanted for attempted homicide, 15 wanted for robbery and 28 wanted for firearms offences. Four known gang associates were among those arrested and three firearms were seized. Over 200 open warrants were closed during the operation.
Operation Washout II is a US Marshals Service-led initiative that combines federal, state, and local law enforcement to focus on specific areas impacted by gang-related violence. The overall goal is to foster safer communities by prioritizing the most violent offenders and criminal organizations.
Two of the most notable apprehensions occurred on the last day of the operation. Task force members arrested Jaheim Battle, who was wanted for a parole violation outside of Pennsylvania. Battle attempted to flee during the arrest but was eventually taken into custody. A firearm with a large capacity magazine was recovered during the arrest. According to detectives from the Baltimore Police Department, Battle is suspected of involvement in other violent criminal activity in the city. Davon Coleman, wanted for first degree murder, has also been arrested. Officers seized 25 vials of crack cocaine and other drugs during the search that preceded his arrest.
“Our collaboration with the U.S. Marshals Capital Region Regional Fugitive Task Force and our participation in these joint operations reflects our commitment to apprehending the city’s most violent offenders and getting them off the streets.” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. “I applaud the exemplary work of the entire team and their proven ability to work together effectively and efficiently to bring peace and justice to the community.”
“This operation reflects a shared commitment to improving public safety,” said Johnny L. Hughes, US Marshal for the District of Maryland. “The arrest of these most violent fugitives has improved the safety of the citizens of Baltimore City and surrounding areas. The United States Marshals Service is committed to working with our allied law enforcement partners in the fight against violent crime.
The Capital Region Regional Fugitive Task Force is a congressionally funded, multi-agency task force whose mission is to focus resources and efforts on reducing violence in the National Capital Region . The organization seeks to accomplish its mission through the identification, investigation and arrest of fugitives wanted for serious crimes against the community, while ensuring the application of justice, integrity and a equal service for all.
Participating agencies included: US Marshals Service; Baltimore Police Department; Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office; Baltimore County Police Department; Maryland State Police; the Department of Homeland Security Investigations; FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Howard County Police; Maryland Transportation Authority Police; Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections; and the Annapolis Police Department.
Videos from Friday’s press conference can be viewed below.