Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced the capture of 41 fugitives wanted for outstanding arrest warrants in Essex County. The fugitives were arrested on felonies ranging from homicide and aggravated assault to weapons possession. Four of the fugitives were wanted for homicide, and 12 have alleged gang affiliations.
The five-day warrant sweep, called “Operation Essex,” was conducted in early October by the Prosecutor’s Office in conjunction with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and the Newark Police. All of the fugitives have been arrested, charged, and put in custody.
During a press conference today at Veteran’s Court House, Acting Prosecutor Stephens said his office takes a proactive approach to ensuring the safety of Essex County residents. Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura and Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé also spoke about the success of the warrant sweep.
“Anyone charged with a crime who ignores a warrant in Essex County,” said Acting Prosecutor Stephens, “should know that temporarily out of sight is not out of mind; law enforcement will be vigilant in finding and prosecuting you. You can run but you cannot hide.”
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