Governor Larry Hogan, U.S. Marshals, State and Local Law Enforcement Provide Update on Violent Crime in Baltimore
More Than 500 Arrests Made, Including 259 of City’s Most Violent Offenders
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan, the U.S. Marshals Service, along with state and local law enforcement, today provided an update on the joint law enforcement initiative to fight violent crime in Baltimore. This partnership, representing nearly 500 federal, state and local law enforcement officers and agents, and the Baltimore Police Department, resulted in more than 500 arrests, including 259 of the city’s most violent criminals being removed from the streets.
Governor Hogan was joined today by United States Marshal Johnny Hughes, Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, acting Baltimore City Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives SAC Daniel Board.
Last fall, Governor Hogan convened a series of meetings with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to discuss how to best assist Baltimore City in addressing the violent crime crisis. Following those meetings, the Hogan Administration announced a series of immediate and aggressive steps to support the Baltimore Police Department in removing as many repeat violent offenders as possible from city streets as quickly as possible.
“Several months ago, I directed the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the Maryland Transit Administration Police, the Maryland Natural Resources Police, and the Maryland Capitol Police to establish a more visible presence in the high crime areas of Baltimore City and those suffering from elevated instances of violent criminal activity,” said Governor Hogan.
“I want to be absolutely clear: we have no tolerance whatsoever to those who are engaging in this violent activity and terrorizing the streets of Baltimore,” the governor continued. “We will find you, we will arrest you, and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”
These joint operations have resulted in more than 500 arrests in Baltimore City, including 10 individuals who have been charged with murder; 10 charged with attempted murder; 21 charged with serious gun or weapons charges; and 76 charged with aggravated assault or assault. Further, 25 percent of all of the sex offender warrants in the city were cleared.
Law enforcement also executed 44,135 premise checks, responded to 5,665 calls for service, issued 5,333 citations, closed an additional 261 high-priority warrants and made 263 additional arrests.
In addition, 207 Maryland Parole and Probation agents are working directly with the Baltimore Police Department to locate, identify, and arrest numerous repeat violent criminals who have parole and probation violations. This resulted in 2,463 joint site visits and an additional 379 probation warrants.
“Baltimore City is now a safer place with the arrest of these violent felons, many of which are repeat violent offenders,” said United States Marshal Johnny Hughes, District of Maryland. “I want to send a special thanks to our federal and local partners. Great teamwork!”
“Our administration remains committed to assisting the Baltimore City Police in their mission to protect the citizens of Baltimore,” said Governor Hogan. “We will continue our focus on removing the most violent criminals from the streets of the city, and assist in identifying, disrupting, and dismantling these violent criminal networks and gangs.”
These joint operations are a part of the series of bold initiatives Governor Hogan announced in December aimed at combating criminal gang enterprises and repeat violent offenders across the state. The initiatives also include legislation to ensure that violent criminals serve their full prison sentence; tougher sentences for people who commit crimes with a gun; and a new, collaborative data-sharing network to help prosecutors and law enforcement bring down criminal networks across the state.