Friday, August 10, 2012

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Operation Heat Wave Targets Fugitives Wanted by State and Federal Authorities

SAN ANTONIO – A joint operation by the Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Unit, the U.S. Marshals Service’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and other state, federal and local law enforcement agencies successfully resulted in the arrests of 222 fugitives. Officers with the Attorney General’s Fugitive Unit arrested seven fugitives wanted on charges ranging from sexual abuse of a child to burglary. Dubbed Operation Heat Wave, the crackdown targeted fugitives with outstanding state and federal arrest warrants.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made the following statement about Operation Heat Wave:

“Thanks to a joint crackdown by state, federal and local authorities, 222 fugitives are off the streets and behind bars. The latest in a series of multi-agency operations, Operation Heat Wave demonstrates the effectiveness and importance of collaborative law enforcement. We are grateful to the participating state, federal and local agencies for their commitment to protecting our fellow Texans from dangerous fugitives.”

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Video of arrest of Brenda Gonzalez

Video of arrest of Amy Hancock

Video of arrest of Oscar Torres

During Operation Heat Wave, the Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Unit officers arrested the following seven individuals with outstanding arrest warrants in San Antonio:
• Mark Garay, arrested on Aug. 6 for probation violation – dangerous drugs/possession of a controlled substance.
• Amy Ann Hancock, arrested on Aug. 7 for bail secured bond – dangerous drugs/possession of a controlled substance.
• Oscar Perez Torres, arrested on Aug. 7 for continuous sex abuse – child.
• Brenda Gonzalez, arrested on Aug. 8 for dangerous drugs/possession of a controlled substance.
• Gilberto Marin, arrested on Aug. 8 for no driver’s license, no insurance, expired inspection, no vehicle registration, failure to drive in single lane and theft of more than $50.
• Ruben Rodriguez, Jr., arrested on Aug. 9 for driving while intoxicated.
• Tony Casillas, arrested on Aug. 9 for burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit assault.

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that participated in Operation Heat Wave included:
• U.S. Marshals Service
• U.S. Border Patrol
• ICE Homeland Security Investigations
• Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
• Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Unit
• Texas Department of Public Safety – CID
• Texas Department of Criminal Justice – OIG
• Bexar County District Attorney's Office
• Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office
• Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
• San Antonio Police Department
• San Antonio ISD Police
• Kerr County Sheriff’s Office
• Kerrville Police Department
• Comal County Sheriff’s Office
• New Braunfels Police Department