ANTIOCH — In what police and city officials called a key event in making the city of Antioch safer, authorities rounded up 23 of what they called “extremely violent” people over a five-day period in July.

Mayor Lamar Thorpe and Interim Police Chief Dr. Steve Ford announced the arrests Monday in a press conference at police headquarters. All of the suspects remained in custody Thursday, according to police.

Police worked with branches from the Department of Justice to serve the warrants. The U.S. Marshals Service-Pacific Regional Fugitive Task Force conducted the warrant sweep.

Members of the FBI and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Homeland Security and the Contra Costa County Probation Office also were involved. The sweep targeted people with ties in some way to Antioch, authorities said.

“We were able to get some extremely violent people off the streets,” Antioch police Lt. John Fortner said. “These people either were living in Antioch or committing most of their crimes in Antioch. The city is safer because of this.”

Many of the suspects had ties to gang activity, according to authorities.

Five of the suspects were wanted for homicide; five for assault with a deadly weapon and five had parole, probation or warrant arrests, authorities said. Two were wanted for robbery with a firearm. The other six suspects were wanted on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a gun; sexual assault; assault; aiding an escape; possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of drugs for sale, authorities said.

Authorities called the enforcement its Violent Crime Reduction Operation.

“Or,” Thorpe said, “as I like to call it, Operation We’re Not Messing Around.”

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Source:: The Mercury News


Bay Area warrant sweep of “extremely violent” suspects results in nearly two dozen arrests

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