NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The U.S. Marshals Service pulled off a covert operation to arrest some of Middle Tennessee’s most dangerous fugitives.
The Middle Tennessee Joint Fugitive Task Force concentrated on Dickson, Giles, Montgomery, Davidson, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson counties between March 23 and April 10.
Although the task force is a year-round group, Operation Violence Reduction was a nationwide sweep that netted 7,100 arrests including the seizure of 383 firearms, 69 kilograms of illegal drugs and the recovery of 10 missing children.
News 2 rode along with the task force on Good Friday as they searched for fugitives in Montgomery County.
“With the task force we are able to combine our resources and therefore be more efficient,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Danny Shelton said. “Local, state and federal warrants are all served together.”
They also work with other task forces across the nation to develop leads on fugitives wanted in other states.
“There will always be people on the run, there will always be people trying to hide and there will always be people who are fugitives hiding among us,” explained Shelton. “They are going to continue to do that and as long as they do that we will hunt them down.”
During the Middle Tennessee operation, marshals found notable fugitives, including Jamar Medaries, who was wanted for attempted criminal homicide in connection with the shooting of 11-year-old Keon Malone on March 22 in Nashville.
Marshals also arrested Desiree Hester, who was wanted in Chattanooga for carjacking and aggravated assault. Hester is accused of carjacking a victim and then hitting them with the car as she drove away.
During the Good Friday round-up, U.S. Marshals arrested Destiny Morris on aggravated burglary. They also arrested Marquita and Demontry Ewing on an indictment for aggravated child abuse and neglect.
The U.S. Marshals started serving warrants just after 6:30 am.
“People are often asleep. They might be disoriented and not know what is going on,” Shelton told News 2.
He continued, “We are able to go in quickly and make an arrest and it’s a lot safer.”
It is a dangerous job.
During this operation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells was killed while attempting to serve a double homicide warrant.
In all, there were 57 arrests made in Middle Tennessee and 76 warrants cleared.