TRENTON, NJ – Police in Trenton have arrested 17 individuals wanted for violent crimes across Mercer County in a countywide crime sweep this week.
“The New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit coordinated a two-day cooperative mobile deployment that led to five firearms recovered and the arrest of 17 fugitives in Mercer County. This deployment is part of a comprehensive initiative to reduce violent crime statewide,” the New Jersey State Police said.
Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, Crime Suppression Central Unit, K-9 Central Unit, Real Time Crime Center Central Unit, Gangs & Organized Crime Central Unit, and Cyber Crimes Unit, along with members of the United States Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, the New Jersey Department of Corrections Special Operations Group, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Trenton Police Department conducted a two day Mobile Deployment Initiative (MDI) in the Mercer County area, according to a press release by the New Jersey State Police.
“The targets for the operation were identified through various investigative means including street-level intelligence, patrol advisories, and information provided by the various units within the New Jersey State Police’s Intelligence Section, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Trenton Police Department Intelligence and an analysis of current crime trends in the City of Trenton, provided by the Real Time Crime Center Central Unit,” the department said in a statement.
The NJSP reported from Thursday, May 12, to Friday, May 13, a total of 17 fugitives wanted by state, county, and local law enforcement agencies were apprehended at various locations in Mercer County. Those arrested were wanted for crimes including weapons/firearms offenses, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, and various drug offenses. During the two-day initiative, five firearms were recovered and all suspects were lodged at Mercer County Jail.
“By working together to locate and apprehend dangerous fugitives we help reduce crime and make our communities safer,” said Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. “I commend the New Jersey State Police and our federal, state, county, and local partners for their work in this proactive crime suppression effort.”
“The New Jersey State Police works closely with our law enforcement partners, and we are committed to keeping our communities safe,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We target these violent offenders to get them off our streets and make sure they are swiftly brought to justice.”