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SPECIAL REPORT: Warrant Round-Up in Martin County

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By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

MARTIN COUNTY - It was warrant round-up time in Martin County and NewsWest 9 went along for the ride.

"About 6 or 7 fugitive warrants we were out looking for," Martin County Sheriff, John Woodward, said.

The warrants ranged from not complying with a bondsman to burglary of a habitation.

"We did have several of them high profile type warrants that were turned over to the U.S. Marshal Task Force," Woodward said.

The Martin County Sheriff's office is a part of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which works in connection with the U.S. Marshals to arrest fugitives.

"If you have an offense, you're able to not be bound by county line jurisdictions," he said.

So, the search began. Sheriff Woodward came to his first stop but the suspect wasn't home. However, the sheriff learned where the suspect could be.

"We're going to a buddy's house, got a car description. She said its a plain simple house, a government house. May be a gray car there," Woodward said.

Sheriff Woodward went to the home, but no one was there, so he moved on to the next fugitive. This man just so happened to be outside when we arrived. He was arrested.

"One individual had six warrants out for his arrest so that was good to clear those up in one arrest," he explained. "The cool thing about guys with active warrants; the report and the case has already been done, so you just pick them up."

The fugitive was booked and the search continued. Most of the time it was the same story; no one knew where the person in question was or how to get in contact with them.

"There's always the situation or scenario where the family or friends try to harbor the fugitive. Hindering apprehension is a criminal act," the sheriff said.

He pointed out that during these round-ups, not every fugitive is caught but important steps were made.

"In the investigation and searching for these fugitives, we did learn some valuable information," he said.

$8,000 of stolen property was recovered and even stolen fuel was found. Just moments after the ride along ended, the first fugitive surrendered at the steps of the sheriff's office. With two down, there's only four more to go.

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