Warrant Apprehension Unit data released for first half of 2016

More than 150 individuals with outstanding warrants were arrested by members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Warrant Apprehension Unit though the first half of the year, Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced today.

In total, the members of the Warrant Apprehension Unit made, or assisted in 167 arrests through the end of June.  Those arrested were facing 354 felony charges and had cases emanating from 47 different jurisdictions, both inside and outside Middlesex County.

“Each day, the members of the Warrant Apprehension Unit are locating and arresting individuals wanted on serious felony charges,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “The individuals taken into custody through the first six months of the year, were wanted on charges including armed robbery, kidnapping and attempted murder.  Apprehending these individuals and ensuring they face justice makes us all safer.”

The Warrant Apprehension Unit – currently comprised of three Middlesex Sheriff’s Office deputies, one full-time Lowell Police Department detective and one part-time Maynard Police Department detective – is primarily tasked with locating and apprehending fugitives wanted on felony warrants issued within Middlesex County.  The unit also assists municipal police, the Massachusetts State Police and federal law enforcement agencies – including the U.S. Marshals Service – with locating and apprehending individuals wanted in other jurisdictions.

“Wanted felons represent a constant threat of danger to our communities, and the Maynard Police Department is very proud to partner with Sheriff Koutoujian and we are very proud of the success of the Warrant Apprehension Unit,” Maynard Police Chief Mark Dubois said. “Every day, more violent and wanted suspects are captured and removed from our cities and towns.”

Individuals with information regarding wanted fugitives within Middlesex County may contact the Warrant Apprehension Unit at 617-682-4817.