Crime Fighters Takedown Day, an all-day effort to round up some of the area’s most wanted fugitives, has led to the arrests of more than a dozen people.
KSAT 12 News teamed up with about a half dozen law enforcement agencies Wednesday in an on-air appeal to the public for information on dozens of criminal suspects.
Mug shots were also posted to the station’s website, KSAT.com, where viewers were able to peruse them more closely.
"A lot of times we don't have the necessary information about where a fugitive is hiding, where that fugitive may have traveled to,” said Christopher Bozeman, public information officer for the U. S. Marshal’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.
"By us all coming together as one cohesive unit, it gives us a better chance of being able to capture all of these fugitives,” he said.
By the end of the 17-hour-long on-air appeal, authorities had received 25 tips and located 14 fugitives.
"We've seen everything from financial crimes all the way on up to sexual assault offenses," said Sgt. Javier Salazar, with the San Antonio Police Department.
Salazar said one suspect actually turned himself in after realizing he had been profiled on television.
"Another one, as soon as he was arrested, made a comment to the detectives that, 'Now that I'm in custody, can you take my face off the TV?'," Salazar said.
While the TV broadcast has ended, the fugitives’ pictures will remain on the station’s website indefinitely.
Salazar said the search for them also will continue.
"We're still going to be keeping track and we'd love to see that list (of wanted suspects) cleared off in no time at all," he said.