Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers is seeking help from citizens to track down 27 gang-involved fugitives who managed to avoid being arrested during a recent gang sweep.
Crime Stoppers joined Operation Summer Heat by releasing the names and photos of fugitives still being sought were released Sept. 15.
Operation Summer Heat was a five-day joint operation conducted in late August by local, state and federal officers. They had a list of 93 criminals they were looking for in the Tri-Cities and ended up arresting 45 fugitives, including 12 juveniles.
Fugitives were also rounded up in Yakima, Grant, Chelan and Walla Walla counties as part of an expanded gang sweep led by the U.S. Marshals dubbed Operation Cooperation.
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Two women and 25 men have been included on the Crime Stoppers’ Operation Summer Heat “wanted” bulletin.
The suspects are wanted on a variety of crimes from failing to appear in court on drug and DUI charges, to warrants for threatening officers, intimidating a witness and making death threats, and unlawfully possessing firearms.
Anyone with information about the wanted fugitives can call Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477 or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips can also be sent by text message by writing “Text TIP 411” plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest. All calls are confidential.