Richmond, TX – The Fort Bend County
District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the US Marshals Gulf Coast
Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force, executed Operation Hawthorn from May
3rd to June 9th, 2023, to reduce violent crime in Fort
Bend County. The DA’s office and Task Force were assisted by Constables,
Deputies, and Houston Police Officers to safely locate and arrest wanted
fugitives during the 5-week period. The goal was to target gang members and
violent offenders with outstanding warrants and collect criminal intelligence.
80 felony warrants were executed against
50 individuals during the operation. Arrests were made throughout Fort Bend
County and the greater Houston area, and one in North Carolina. Charges
included aggravated assaults, sexual assaults, crimes against children, weapons
and drug crimes, and murder. Over one-third of the fugitives were located in Fort
Five firearms were recovered, $9,855 was
seized, and over 10 ounces of marijuana were removed from our neighborhoods.
Seven documented gang members were also arrested.
District Attorney Brian Middleton
commented, “Operation Hawthorn was implemented to suppress crime in our
community by targeting known violent offenders and gang members. We will
continue to conduct these type of operations to maintain safety and set a tone
that we will not stop our pursuit of fugitives and violent offenders.”
Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 4, Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 3,
Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Warrant/K9 Division, Houston Police
Department South Gessner Crime Suppression Unit, Houston Police Department
Southwest Crime Suppression Unit and Houston Police Department Central Crime
Suppression Unit assisted in the operation.