Copyright 2006 Journal Sentinel Inc.
By GINA BARTON
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — A national sweep designed to apprehend accused gang members, sex offenders, killers, kidnappers and other suspected violent criminals netted 80 arrests in southeastern Wisconsin last week.
Operation FALCON II, led by the U.S. Marshals Service, was conducted in cooperation with state and local law enforcement agencies. FALCON stands for Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally. Across the United States, the operation resulted in more than 9,000 arrests, according to the Marshals Service.
During the sweep, authorities focused on sexual predators. Nationwide, 1,102 fugitives wanted on charges of felony sex offenses and failure to register were arrested, according to the Marshals Service.
In Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties, 10 sex offenders who had failed to register were apprehended, according to the Marshals Service. Nine offenders had multiple warrants out for their arrest. One captured fugitive had been wanted since 1983. Authorities also seized two firearms.
The number of fugitives apprehended this time around was a significant increase over last year's Operation FALCON, which netted 48 fugitives locally.
One of those arrested last week was Randy Heritz, wanted by the Milwaukee County sheriff's office on a burglary charge. Authorities learned the name of his girlfriend and tracked him to her basement apartment on the city's south side. He wasn't home. Authorities received a tip that Heritz was headed for his wife's immigration hearing in Chicago. His wife, authorities learned, was a Serbian national who had paid him to marry her in an attempt to become a U.S. citizen. He was arrested at the federal courthouse in Chicago.
In the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Operation FALCON II included officers from the Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha police departments and the counties' sheriff's departments; the Wisconsin Department of Corrections; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; and the Social Security Administration's office of inspector general.
80 fugitives found in southeast Wisconsin