Police arrested 71 people in York County during a four-day initiative dubbed “Operation Slow Burn,” according to U.S. Marshals Service.
The federal agency worked with York City Police and other local and state police to clear 138 warrants, focusing on violent offenses.
The operation was aimed at reducing violent crime by targeting people who have outstanding warrants, said U.S. Marshal Martin Pane.
Serving warrants is one of the most dangerous parts of police work, and sometimes the sheer volume of outstanding warrants leads police to seek help from other agencies, Pane said.
Some U.S. Marshals specialize in that task, he said. After extensive training and planning, the 50-person operation was able to find and arrest people wanted for crimes like homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault.
Two 24-year-old men wanted for a Sept. 22 homicide in York were among those arrested. Carlos Alberto Torres and Eric Jole Dejesus allegedly shot and killed 24-year-old Jose Nunez-Cruz of York Township.
Nineteen-year-old Jervin Perez, wanted for allegedly shooting a woman in the legs on Sept. 24, also was arrested in the sweep, U.S. Marshals noted.
The sweep picked up 13 state parole violators as well, Pane said. They had originally been convicted of felonies such as aggravated assault of a police officer, robbery with serious bodily injury, firearms possession and drug possession with intent to distribute.
Police also seized handguns, cash and drugs, leading to additional investigations.
York City Police Chief Troy Bankert said the operation is part of a broader effort to reduce gun violence in the city.
Though the operation focused on York, law enforcement worked throughout York County and got help from police in Dauphin County as well.