UPDATE: 5:37 p.m.: Lynchburg Police have arrested 18 people in the past couple of days as part of a fugitive roundup they called “Operation Summertime Blues.”
They issued 65 charges, ranging from failure to appear to felony child abuse and assault.
The Lynchburg Police Department partnered with several agencies, including the FBI, the DEA, the US Marshals Service, ATF, and the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority.
“The good thing is for a lot of these folks, I didn’t have to reach out,” said Police Chief Ryan Zuidema. “They saw what was going on and they reached out to me.”
Zuidema says part of the goal was to address a rise in violent crime and to combat the sale and distribution of illicit drugs.
“These have all been vetted through either the magistrate or through the court system to verify that the officers had probable cause to make these arrests, so this was just literally a warrant roundup or fugitive operation where we were tracking down individuals that already had active warrants for them.”
Thirty of the 65 charges, nearly half, all come from one individual, who has been charged with 28 different theft-related counts.
Another 25 counts are for non-violent drug charges.
“Most of these people were wanted on outstanding warrants related to violent crime and drug offenses,” said Zuidema, “which we know often go hand in hand.”
The vast majority of those charged with drug offenses did not have violent crime charges.
The only possible exceptions: one person with drug charges was also charged with brandishing, and another was charged with possessing a gun with a schedule I/II drug.
Meanwhile, several recent homicides in Lynchburg remain unsolved, including those of Samantha Robinson and EJ Boykin, also known as Novaa Watson.
“Part of the reason we bring all these resources in from outside law enforcement agencies to address things like this is because we have a lot of our folks that are still working on investigating those homicides,” said Zuidema.
Zuidema did not have any updates on the unsolved homicides.
Zuidema teased more to come by saying this is the start of several violent crime initiatives throughout the summer. However, department spokesperson Carrie Dungan said they cannot provide specific information.
UPDATE 11:45 a.m.: Both Lynchburg and federal authorities arrested 18 people this week during a local fugitive roundup named “Operation Summertime Blues,” which focused on drug-related and violent crime offenses.
“The LPD is committed to ensuring the safety of our community through a multi-faceted approach that includes both intelligence-led and community policing as well as leveraging law enforcement partnerships to maximize all available resources,” the Lynchburg Police Department said in a statement on Thursday, July 1.
According to the department, on Tuesday, June 29 and Wednesday, June 30, local police partnered with members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and United States Marshals Service to arrest the following 18 people, serve 29 warrants, and address 65 criminal offenses with arrests:
- Marvin John Allen, 53, of Lynchburg: Assault on family member (third offense felony)
- Alexandria Michelle Caldwell, 27, of Lynchburg: Capias felony child abuse/neglect
- Donte Allen Dorsey, 41, of Lynchburg: Assault on family member (third offense felony)
- Warren Franklin Garland, Jr., 38, of Lynchburg: Capias 13 counts of statutory burglary, nine counts of grand larceny, six counts of petit larceny, two counts of failure to appear
- Kashone Devonte Richburg, 22, of Lynchburg: Capias two counts of distribution of methamphetamine
- Marque Donta Swain, 31, of Lynchburg: Assault on family member (third offense felony)
- Lonnie Lamont Scott, 47, of Lynchburg: Capias probation violation for possession of Schedule I/II drug
- Rosa Orfilia Celis Alvarado, 37, of Evington: Two charges of felony child abuse/neglect
- Edward Holmes Mitchell III, 56, of Lynchburg: Distribution of methamphetamine, Capias distribution of methamphetamine
- Lawrence Shearer, 60, of Lynchburg: Capias probation violation for possession of heroin
- Amos Wayne Morris, Jr., 46, of Lynchburg: Capias probation violation for two counts of possession of heroin and two counts of distribution of heroin
- Daron Fairbanks McDaniel, Jr., 29, of Lynchburg: Capias attempted Malicious Wounding
- Chase Jordan, 28, of Hurt: Two charges of possession of Schedule I/II drug, possession of firearm with Schedule I/II drug
- Vincent Ray Edwards, 41, of Lynchburg: Four counts of distribution of cocaine, Capias four counts of distribution of cocaine
- Isaiah Nathaniel Booker, 26, of Madison Heights: Felony distribution of marijuana, Capias felony distribution of marijuana
- Jabari Maurice Johnson, 33, of Lynchburg: Federal indictment for conspiracy to distribute cocaine
- Jeffrey Michael Keeling, 59, of Lynchburg: Use of firearm in commission of a felony
- Shareef Hassan Shelton, 34, of Lynchburg: Violate court order manufacturing controlled substance, felony probation violation, brandishing a firearm
Meanwhile, the department says charges were served against the following two people, who were already incarcerated out of state:
- Quentin Hayes Adams, Jr., 56, of Lynchburg: Breaking and entering, grand larceny (currently incarcerated in Florida)
- Charles Hamner Elliott, 49, of Lynchburg: Intent to distribute controlled substance (currently incarcerated in Georgia)
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — On Thursday morning, the Lynchburg Police Department — along with members of several federal law enforcement agencies — will hold a news conference about a recent roundup of local fugitives and violent crime initiatives for the city.
You can watch this briefing live at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 1 here on WFXRtv.com, on the WFXR News Facebook page, or on the WFXR News app.
Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema will be joined by members of the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation; and United States Marshals Service.
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