HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A six-week, multi-agency crackdown resulted in the arrests of 162 fugitives across the state, U.S. Marshals said Wednesday.
Operation Violence Reduction 12, included the combined efforts of local, state and federal authorities, all searching for career criminals.
"We strategize and triage some of these cases. and we look for the worst individuals (who) are harming the community and try to arrest them and take them out of the community," said Gervin Miyamoto, the U.S. Marshal for the Hawaii District.
Among those brought in: Steven Acord, who has 152 prior arrests and 40 convictions for crimes like theft and domestic abuse. His latest warrant is for drug charges.
Also arrested was Ronald Burgo, who has 132 prior arrests and is now also jailed for drug charges.
The operation was part of a nationwide crackdown on career criminals.
Hawaii's arrests happened between Feb. 1 and March 11. Some 103 fugitives were taken in on Oahu, 33 on Maui, and 26 were from the Big Island. The total bail amounts of the 162 was almost $7 million.
All told, Operation Violence Reduction resulted in the apprehension of more than 8,000 fugitives nationwide. It targeted criminals who had three or more prior felony arrests for offenses such as murder, attempted murder, robbery, sexual assault and many others.