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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

“Operation Predator” Proves Successful



30 Sex Offenders Arrested In 10 Days

San Antonio, TX – This afternoon, the United States Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, with the assistance of Immigration & Customs Enforcement, concluded a 10-day operation resulting in the arrest of 30 state felony offenders. “Operation Predator”, a fugitive round-up, comprised of city, county, state, and federal law enforcement officers, targeted sex offenders with outstanding felony warrants for failing to comply with sex offender registration. The operation was a collaboration of approximately 20 law enforcement officers that sought after wanted sex offenders residing in San Antonio and the surrounding area.

Joey David Smith, 41, was arrested on felony warrants for allegations involving failure to comply with sex offender registration and burglary. A loaded .380 handgun was also found in Smith’s possession during the arrest, which may result in additional charges of a felon being found in possession of a firearm.

Roy Monteith, 37, was arrested on felony warrants for allegations involving failure to comply with sex offender registration, indecency with a child, and 2 counts of assault. Monteith attempted to avoid capture by law enforcement officers by hiding out at his girlfriend’s house.

As a result of “Operation Predator,” 28 sex offenders were arrested in Bexar County, 1 sex offender was arrested in Kerrville, TX, and 1 sex offender was arrested in Corpus Christi, TX. In addition to the 30 fugitives arrested during this round-up, multiple subjects have been identified and will be investigated for allegedly violating federal laws involving the Adam Walsh Act. The Adam Walsh Act names the U.S. Marshals Service as the primary federal agency to assist state and local law enforcement agencies with tracking and arresting non-compliant sex offenders nationwide. The Adam Walsh Act also provides a statute for Deputy U.S. Marshals to prosecute sex offenders federally for failing to register as a sex offender.

Robert Almonte, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “The United States Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force will continue to partner with our city, county, state, and federal counterparts in efforts of tracking, finding, and arresting all fugitives on the run. This is a promise I’ve made and this is a promise I will keep.

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

    New Braunfels Police Department
    San Antonio Police Department
    San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
    Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
    Comal County Sheriff’s Office
    Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
    Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
    Texas Office of The Attorney General
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
    U.S. Marshals Service

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