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232 arrested in ‘Operation Scattergun’

U.S Marshals arrested more than 200 people on felony charges throughout Eastern Washington this week.

Members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force worked with local agencies to target felony warrants with a focus on the Spokane, Tri-Cities and Yakima regions.

Among the 232 felony arrests, 34 were for warrants for not complying, 53 were warrants through the Washington Department of Corrections. Thirty-six people were arrested Thursday, 85 were arrested Wednesday and 111 were arrested Tuesday.

Notable fugitives include Eugene Elkins, 56, who is accused of killing his wife in Grays Harbor County, Chad Jackson, 25, for two counts of third-degree rape of a child, and Rogelio Rivera, 28, who's been wanted since September for unlawfully possessing a sawed-off shotgun.

Federal agents called the arrest sweep “Operation Scattergun II.” The first operation last June netted 177 arrests.

Fla. murder suspect arrested in Spokane

A man wanted for murder in Florida was arrested in Spokane today.

Federal agents found Demarcus R. Ledent, 31, in the 8000 block of North Hill N Dale Street, just north of East Magnesium Road off North Division Street.

A warrant for Ledent's arrest was issued Jan. 4 in Pensacola, Fla., for the July 2007 homicide of Barry Shipp, 48.

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force learned Ledent had fled Florida and was living in Spokane, according to a news release.

According to a 2007 video from WKRG TV in Pensacola, which is posted above, Shipp, who was married with children, was shot to death at a family-owned barber shop.

Federally led force arrests 174 fugitives

Two Spokane women wanted on federal counterfeit money charges, an Oregon resident sought on a strangulation warrant and a New Mexico fugitive working at a mixed martial arts center in Kettle Falls: Those are among the 174 suspects throughout Eastern Washington arrested this week in a sweep conducted by the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force.

The task force, which started last year and includes Washington, Alaska and Oregon, works with law enforcement to help track fugitives wanted on felony warrants.

Local agencies can submit names of fugitives they need off the streets and contribute an officer to assist in the investigation, said U.S. Marshal Bob Doty, task force supervisor.

“The problem is a lot of them don’t think of us until weeks after they have a fugitive,” Doty said.

The task force organized six teams for the three-day sweep to help raise awareness about the federally funded fugitive-apprehension service.

Of the 174 suspects arrested, 18 were in Spokane County, including Brittney R. Hearn, 24, and Robin Knuttgen, 51, who were indicted by a grand jury on counterfeit money charges.

Other arrests occurred in the Tri-Cities and Yakima regions, and in Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, among other places.

The majority of the arrests were on county warrants, Doty said.

Charges included escape, bail jumping, theft, drugs, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

SWAT team called to hostage situation

A sheriff's SWAT team helped arrested a fugitive Tuesday after officers said he may be holding hostages at a home in north Spokane County.

Jeremy Rian Albright, 30, left a home in the 6500 block of North Normandie Lane after two teenage boys left the home at the behest of their mother, who called them from work at the request of a SWAT team member, according to the sheriff's office.

Albright has been wanted since February on a $25,000 warrant for second-degree assault.

Members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force saw Albright inside the home through open blinds about 4:30 p.m. and set up containment before knocking on the door. The teen boys approached the door but retreated, Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

The SWAT team was called because investigators felt the boys may have been held against their will, and because Albright is considered a violent offender and was rumored to be armed.

Albright was arrested without incident. Sheriff's officials did not report finding a weapon.

No one was injured, but the SWAT team broke basement windows during the standoff, Reagan said.

U.S. Marshals arrest shooting suspect

A man who police say shot a Spokane teenager in both legs was arrested in Browne’s Addition early Friday by a federal fugitive task force.

Albert J. Reeves, III, 19, is expected to appear in Superior Court on Monday on one count of first-degree assault.

Spokane police believe Reeves shot a 19-year-old man during an argument near Sharp Avenue and Hamilton Street about 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 5.

Police released surveillance photos that showed the gunman, who was in a wheelchair, enter the Tesoro convenience store, 901 E. Sharp Ave., prior to the shooting. Reeves was identified as a suspect on Tuesday.

U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force arrested Reeves about 8:40 a.m. Friday in the 300 block of South Cannon Street. Reeves has previous convictions stemming from a January 2009 beer robbery.

His father, Albert J. Reeves, Jr., is a former high school standout athlete and notorious criminal who won a $2.5 million lottery in 2000, then was arrested the next year in a drive-by shooting investigation.

“He blew threw that money fast,” said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.