Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Texas Attorney General’s Office, Houston-Area Law Enforcement Complete Joint Operation Cracking Down on Domestic Violence

Warrant roundup leads to arrest of 31 offenders who had outstanding family violence warrants – including one of Harris County’s 56 Most Wanted Fugitives

HOUSTON – The Office of the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Houston-area law enforcement agencies conducted a joint operation locating and arresting suspects who had outstanding felony family violence arrest warrants – including one of Harris County’s 56 Most Wanted Fugitives. Joining Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson in Houston to discuss the results of the joint operation, Attorney General Abbott made the following statement:

“This joint operation reflects a concerted crackdown on domestic violence offenders by state and local law enforcement agencies. During this operation, the Attorney General’s Office successfully partnered with local officials and the Texas Department of Public Safety to locate and arrest 31 individuals who had outstanding warrants for family violence offenses – including one of Harris County’s Most Wanted Fugitives. We are grateful to District Attorney Devon Anderson and local law enforcement for partnering with the Attorney General’s Office on this very significant joint operation.”

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Arrest of Christopher Blake
Video of four of the arrests made in the joint operation

On Feb. 21, Fugitive Unit investigators and Harris County Sheriff’s deputies collaborated to locate Christopher Matthew Blake, 29, in Kingwood, and take him into custody. Blake was added to Harris County’s Most Wanted Fugitives list in 2013 for a domestic violence offense. According to Harris County officers, Blake had a physical altercation with his victim – then took a weapon from his victim’s relative and pointed it at his victim. DPS records indicate Blake’s criminal history includes possession of a controlled substance, driving while his license was invalid, and possession of marijuana.

District Attorney Anderson recognized the law enforcement agencies’ successful warrant operation and encouraged family violence victims to seek assistance:

“Domestic violence not only affects the survivor and their family, but society as a whole. I want to commend the Texas Attorney General’s Office for assisting the District Attorney’s Office in apprehending these suspects. It is important that we send a message to abusers that there are serious consequences for their actions. I urge anyone who is a victim of domestic violence to call our office’s Family Criminal Law Division at (713) 755-5888 – help is available for those who need it.”

Law enforcement entities participating in the Feb. 18-Feb. 21 sweep were:

  • Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit
  • Harris County Sheriff’s Office – Domestic Violence Unit
  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office
  • Houston Police Department
  • Texas Department of Public Safety

The Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit has successfully located and arrested more than 3,100 individuals who had outstanding arrest warrants – primarily subjects who were convicted sex offenders. The agency’s Crime Victim Services Division oversees the Compensation to Victims of Crime Fund, which provides financial assistance to victims of violent crime. The division also awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide critically needed services to crime victims.

During the 2012 grant cycle, grants were awarded to 20 victim advocacy organizations and local government programs located in Harris and five surrounding counties. As a result, more than 4,800 victims of family violence in the Houston area received victim-related services such as grief counseling and shelter from domestic violence.

For more information about the OAG’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Crime Victim Services Division, access the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.