Dallas Police and FBI’s Dallas Violent Crimes Task Force Conduct Joint Operation That Results in Multiple Arrests
Over the last 18 months, federal and local law enforcement agencies have been collaborating in the investigation of a major organized crime ring. The Dallas Police Department and the FBI’s Dallas Violent Crimes Task Force completed a joint operation on Wednesday, December 16 that resulted in the arrest of over 20 individuals for Engaging in Organized Crime.
The suspects are accused of committing crimes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area which include aggravated robbery, ATM theft, and burglary. Wednesday’s arrests were executed by Dallas Police’s Fugitive and Disruption Units, the FBI, and the Texas Department of Safety.
“A lot of hours were spent in the planning and execution of this joint operation which yielded great results,” said interim Chief of Dallas Police Lonzo Anderson. “We truly appreciate the partnership with our state and federal partners in our continued efforts to make Dallas safe.”
“The FBI works with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies through our Violent Crimes Task Force to target criminal groups and individuals, including fugitives, who commit the worst violent crimes in our area,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno. “This partnership resulted in the arrest of over 20 individuals on December 16 who are accused of committing a series of aggravated robberies. With these arrests, law enforcement removed dangerous individuals who posed a threat to our community. We will continue working with our partners every day to prevent acts of violent crime.”
“This was a massive undertaking for all of the law-enforcement agencies involved, and we are proud of the significant role everyone played to bring these defendants into custody. As a result of this investigation, a Dallas County Grand Jury has returned indictments against 28 defendants for the offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity,” said Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot. “I would like to thank our prosecutors, investigators, members of the Dallas FBI Violent Crimes Taskforce, Dallas Police Department, and our colleagues at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas for their efforts to improve the quality of life in our community.”
The majority of those arrested will be arraigned in Dallas County and the rest will be arraigned in the Northern District of Texas. If convicted, the maximum range of punishment for most of the defendants is 5-99 years, or life, in prison. Of the 28 indicted, three suspects remain at large. The suspects who remain at large are Damarcus Johnson, Jeyson Brown, and Romon Mitchell.
North Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5000 for information leading to their arrest. The public can anonymously call North Texas Crime Stoppers at 1-877-377-TIPS.