Police sweep Newport News in warrant operation

Jordan Crawford | 8/1/2013, 2:52 p.m.

This week the Newport News Police Department set out to place many wanted people behind bars.

According to an NNPD news release, the department conducted a two-day warrant operation where teams of officers focused on locating and arresting wanted persons on Wednesday and Thursday.

Each team of officers was issued a package listing the names of the wanted individuals.

One person of interest was a 21-year-old man who was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl. According to the NNPD, investigators have been looking for him since December.

As of Friday morning, 95 suspects were arrested on 38 felony charges and 95 misdemeanor charges. 52 traffic and misdemeanor criminal summonses were also doled out by officers during the operation, “Operation Heat Wave.”

A full page ad appeared in Wednesday's Daily Press listing the wanted individuals included in the operation, and police personnel were available to answer calls from the public with information about the wanted persons. Information received from the public was passed along to officers, who hastily acted on it.

Anyone who provided information which led to the arrest of a wanted person will receive a cash reward.

The NNPD was assisted in the operation by the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Virginia State Police, and other local, state, and federal agencies.