February 7 2017
Middlesex Sheriff's Office Said Over 300 People with Active Warrants Arrested in 2016
The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office says hundreds of people who were walking around with active warrants were arrested last year.
According to a press release, over 300 people with outstanding felony warrants were arrested by members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Warrant Apprehension Unit in 2016.
“I want to thank and commend the members of the Warrant Apprehension Unit for their outstanding work in 2016,” said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Thanks to their efforts, 347 individuals wanted by more than 80 different agencies were apprehended, enhancing the safety of all our communities.”
The Warrant Apprehension Unit is primarily tasked with locating and apprehending fugitives wanted on felony warrants issued within Middlesex County, the release states. The unit also assists municipal police, the Massachusetts State Police and federal law enforcement agencies – including the U.S. Marshals Service – with locating and apprehending individuals wanted in other jurisdictions.
The sheriff’s office says that those apprehended last year were wanted for charges including attempted murder, kidnapping for extortion, indecent assault & battery and firearms-related offenses.
Additionally, deputies successfully completed 15 renditions, returning individuals to Massachusetts from as far away as Arizona and Texas to face charges ranging from witness intimidation to rape, the release states.
Among those returned to the Commonwealth to face charges was a 43-year-old Texas man wanted in connected with 2004 sexual assault in Somerville.
“The collaborative partnership that exists across state and municipal agencies with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Warrant Apprehension Unit is essential to our core mission as law enforcement agencies to protect public safety,” said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. “We are grateful for the hard work of the team and their commitment to ensuring individuals facing charges in Massachusetts are held accountable for their actions.”
In total, Warrant Apprehension Unit members cleared 629 warrants carrying, 799 felony charges, as well as an additional 737 misdemeanor charges, the release states.
Individuals with information regarding wanted fugitives within Middlesex County may contact the Warrant Apprehension Unit at 617-682-4817.