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Operation Felon Sweep: 30 arrested in Hillsborough

1:21 PM, Oct 18, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Detectives came knocking when the wanted least expected it...

In the early in the morning hours, most of them were still asleep when detectives cuffed and loaded them up in sheriff's van to finally face their charges.

"All of them in our minds are considered dangerous, one, they've committed felonies in the past and two, most of them don't want to go back to jail," said Col. Donna Lusczynski, with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office and the Tampa Police Department allowed cameras to follow them Wednesday morning as they went looking for more than 200 people.

While the Sheriff's Office alone has more than 23,000 active warrants, this round up focused on those with felony warrants out for their arrests from drug charges to burglary and robbery.

"Once we arrest these individuals, we bring them back here to be interviewed, we've solved homicides in the past in other crimes by talking to them. They're on the streets, they know what's going on and sometimes they can provide information that's extremely helpful for us," said Col. Lusczynski.

But even this week's attempt to round up the wanted men and women within Tampa city limits was not a complete success and this was to be expected.

Detectives say the wanted often move from address to address to avoid being discovered.

Out of the 200 active warrants for this roundup, there were 102 attempts, 37 warrants served, 30 arrests, and 50 charges.

For those detectives who were not able to track down during this two-day roundup, the search is not over...

"We're coming for them," said Col. Lusczynski.

Arrests (from HCSO):

Smith, Corey: Felony Fleeing to Elude/ Habitual Traffic Offender/ Reckless (3)

Jerald Stone: VOP Carrying a Concealed Firearm/ VOP Grand Theft (2)

Orellana, Byron: VOP Agg Battery w/ Great Bodily Harm/ VOP Carrying a Concealed Firearm (2)

Green, Don: VOP Grand Theft (1)

McCaw, Millard: VOP DUI 2nd Offense/ VOP DWLS (2)

Arcoraci, Deborah: DV Battery (1)

Putts, Johnnie: DV Battery (1)

Helfer, Stacy: Possession of Cocaine/ Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2)

Toombs, Calvin: Grand Theft ID Theft Fraud Use of a Credit Card x5 (1)

Vancise, Matthew: Agg Battery w/ a Deadly Weapon (1)

Rucker, Erster: VOP DV Battery (1)

Malloy, John: Contempt of Court (1)

Sanders, Thmarque: Obstruction (1)

Comer, Antwan: VOP Battery/ Obstruction (2)

Britton, Reginald: Florida Parole Commission (Retake) Delivery of Cocaine (1)

Ashford, Tinesha: Throwing a Deadly Missle in an Occupied Dwelling/ Criminal Mischief (2)

Nelson, Billy: VOP Lewd & Lascivious Battery (1)

Anderson, Martin: Trafficking in Oxycodone (1)

Malone, Dwayne: FTA Trafficking in Phenethylamines, FTA Tamper w/ Physical Evidence, FTA Possession of Marijuana Less Than Twenty Grams, FTA DWLS, FTA Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Obstruction. (6)

Wyche, Ronnie: DWLSR Thrid Degree (1)

Stuyvenberg, Robert: FTA Possession of Controlled Substance/ FTA Battery (2)

Hobbs, Frederick: VOP Robbery/ VOP Robbery with a Deadly Weapon (2)

McGhee, Christopher: VOP Utter Forged Inst/ VOP Obtain Lodge w/ Intent to Defraud/ VOP Counterfeit Payment/ VOP Deposit Check w/ Intent to Fraud/ Obtain Property for Worthless Check (5)

McCray, Ronald: VOP Possession of Cocaine (1)

Hightower, Walter: VOP DUI Over .15 (1)

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