The United States Marshal’s Office reported Friday morning that a near-record number of area fugitives have a new home – a jail cell.
The big haul of federal and state offenders is courtesy of the aptly named “Operation Heatwave."
The operation that included 90 city, county, state, and federal law enforcement officers, associated with 16 agencies, has rounded up targeted area fugitives this past week.
The roundup included the arrest of 23-year-old Raul Solis on Aug 7, who tried to escape police as they surrounded his home. Solis was wanted for allegations of super aggravated sexual assault of a child, which means the child was less than six years of age.
Other arrests include 58-year-old Hector Perez, on allegations involving failure to register as a sex offender, and Refugio Ortega, who was arrested on allegations involving continuous sexual abuse of a child.
In all, as of Friday morning, 186 area fugitives had been apprehended, with more expected to be arrested before the end of the day.
"As long as you have fugitives out on the streets, that have warrants, many of them are still going to be involved in committing crimes,” said Robert Almonte, with the United States Marshal’s Office, Western Texas District.
"No matter where they are, we're going to go pick them up and we're going to go round them up,” promised Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz.
“Operation Heatwave” included arrests in Bexar, Kerr, and Comal Counties.