FBI Fugitive from the New York Area Captured in Houston
|FBI New York June 11, 2010|
On May 13, 2010, the FBI’s Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force (HVSSTF) conducted a major operation in Newburgh, New York. Seventy-eight gang members were indicted in the Southern District of New York on various federal charges. Over 500 law enforcement personnel carried out the major arrest operation.
Fourteen fugitives were originally being sought by the FBI and the HVSSTF following the operation. Eleven have already been captured or surrendered. The FBI and the HVSSTF are searching for the remaining three fugitives and seek the public’s assistance.
At approximately 11 p.m. CST, the FBI and the Houston Police Department’s Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) arrested wanted fugitive Carlos Romero in Houston, Texas. Romero, a fugitive since May 13, 2010, fled to Texas following the arrests in Newburgh, New York. Following the arrests, the FBI’s HVSSTF developed information on the whereabouts of Romero, which they provided to the FBI’s Houston Division. Romero was placed into custody without incident.
“Seventy-five out of 78 is a good score, but we need to find the other three. The public can play a valuable role in tracking down the remaining fugitives. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is requested to call the FBI or local police. We thank the Houston FBI and Houston Police Department for their assistance in this arrest,” said Special Agent Richard Kolko.
The Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force is comprised of agents and law enforcement officers from DOJ (SDNY); City of Newburgh PD; New York State Police; Orange County D.A.’S Office; Orange County Sheriff’s Office; ATF; ICE; USMS; NYS Dept. Of Corrections; City of Middletown PD; Town of Newburgh PD; Town of New Windsor PD; Village of Monticello PD; City of Poughkeepsie PD; Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office; Beacon Police Department; Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office; and NYS Department of Parole.
Related press release on original operation: http://newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/nyfo051310a.htm