BALTIMORE — Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison held a news conference on Thursday to discuss the arrests of more than 60 violent repeat offenders in the city.
Harrison was joined by BPD Chief of Detectives and a representative from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to share information about the city's highly orchestrated, three-day joint jurisdiction warrant initiative to catch violent repeat offenders with warrants.
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The crackdown began Monday and ended on Wednesday with a total of 64 arrests. All of the arrests happened in Baltimore City and were for crimes such as homicide, robberies, assault, burglary, and carjacking. Harrison said this includes the arrests of 18-year-old Donyell Morris and 17-year-old Charles Anderson who were allegedly involved in a double murder on the 1200 block of Bloomingdale Road on Tuesday. The shooting resulted in the death of a 28-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman. Harrison says in their pursuit, officers were able to receive signed warrants within 24 hours and make an arrest a couple days later.
Harrison says the department hopes these recent efforts send a message to city residents that law enforcement agencies are working to find and catch violent criminals.
"We cannot and we will not allow the many good people of Baltimore to be scared to walk the streets of our own neighborhoods," said Harrison.
Harrison clarified that the initiative would not have been possible without good detective work, technology, and help from the community that led officials steps closer to closing active warrant cases.
"This was our collaborative effort to show the citizens and residents of Baltimore that we are serious about going after violent offenders, and that we are proactive, and we are unified in effort as one team, one fight, speaking with one voice, because we are one city," said Harrison.
The initiative included help from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Maryland State Police, U.S. Marshall Service, Capital Area Regional Task Force, FBI, Maryland Transit Authority Police, Department of Homeland Security, and Baltimore City Sheriff's Office.