Detroit's Most Wanted: Operation Independence Day

Posted at 12:28 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-02 06:15:09-04

This week the U.S. Marshals teamed up with agencies throughout metro Detroit targeting violent fugitives on a sweep throughout Wayne County with the mission of making our communities safer this summer.

7 Action News Reporter Ann Marie LaFlamme was the only reporter allowed access to operation she spent the day with law enforcement and has an exclusive look in this week’s Detroit’s Most Wanted.

15 Metro Detroit and federal law enforcement agencies joining forces, targeting 120 violent fugitives in Wayne County.

We were given exclusive access riding along with the Marshals in action on the massive fugitive sweep.

“This isn’t going away, we got about 70 agents and officers from several different departments, were out here in the city of Detroit and we’re going to find these guys and we’re going to lock them up,” Garcia said. “You’re not going to have Detroit as your safe haven committing these crimes.”

A tip led police to an area known for gang activity in Inkster. The violent fugitive was spotted and took off barricading himself inside his neighbor’s home. A K-9 from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department was brought in and the man was arrested.

He’s just one of 40 fugitives captured during the three day sweep.

“We’re going to be out all summer long, this is just one of several operations were doing,” Garcia said.

 With a commitment to keeping violent crime out of Detroit this summer and a warning to violent fugitives who think they can come to Detroit and hide.

“Their best bet is to go in, self-surrender because you’ve got the DFAT team out with our partners, DPD, MSP, MDOC,” Garcia said. “We have several federal agencies out here, Oakland County, we’re all partnering together and we’re gonna be out on the streets all summer long doing operations like this.”

As always, if you have any information on the fugitives featured on Detroit’s Most Wanted, you can call the U.S. Marshals anytime at (313) 234-5656. There’s a cash reward for tips leading to arrests and you can remain anonymous.