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83 arrests made in Liberty County warrant roundup

January 21, 2019

The Liberty County Jail is a little more crowded after law enforcement officials in the county conducted a warrant sweep that netted 83 arrests.

Law enforcement officers across Liberty County made a concerted effort last week to close open warrants and perform high-visibility, proactive policing.

The result was dozens of arrests of mostly high-profile warrants.

Probation Chief Steve Swan had mentioned to Liberty County Attorney Matt Poston that the open warrants were mounting and should be served.

“I thought it was a great idea and I called a number of folks and luckily everyone got involved with it pretty quickly,” Poston said.

Liberty County Attorney Investigator Jacob Ladwig organized the roundup with the assistance of the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office, constables from precincts 1, 2, 3, and 5, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Liberty-Chambers County Probation Department, Liberty Police Department, Dayton Police Department, and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

The effort was not part of the annual Texas Warrant Roundup that occurs in the latter part of February. The Texas Warrant Roundup is mostly focused on misdemeanor crimes, traffic and check warrants.

“This idea to arrest those with probation revocation warrants morphed into something much larger,” said District Attorney Logan Pickett.

Warrant sweeps are typically done at any time of the day or night, but Poston said they began in the afternoon and worked as late as midnight locating suspects and arresting them.

“Outside of arresting those with revocation warrants, there was some good policing efforts done corporately that produced results as well,” he said.

The county attorney said there were targeted areas throughout the county, and he couldn’t have been more pleased with the results.

“It couldn’t have happened without the cooperation of the city police departments who were willing to go outside their jurisdiction with help,” Poston said.

Individuals with warrants and parole violators had been given many chances to take care of their business and come in, but Poston said they did not make their office visits or community service hours as ordered.

“They typically don’t turn themselves in,” he said. “Most of them when they start going down that path refuse any attempts at communication and generally go on the run.”

In this roundup, the focus was on probation or parole violators, bond jumpers, or even some who have been charged recently by indictment.

“In the not too distant future, we will target those with outstanding traffic ticket warrants, and we’ll let the public know that it’s coming and give them an amnesty period where they can come in and take care of their warrants before they’re arrested,” he said.

Poston warned that anyone with an outstanding warrant is subject for arrest at their home, workplace, or if they are stopped for another traffic violation.

“There will be no amnesty then,” he said. “We will be looking for them and booking them.”

Poston encouraged anyone with an open warrant to get into the court and take care of business.

All of those arrested during the week were booked into Liberty County Jail. Those with parole violations, probation violations or blue warrants can’t bond out.

“If they were an absconder from probation, they will be facing punishment on the original charge. A lot of them are felonies and they could get up to six months for a Class B or up to 99 years to life for felonies,” he said.

Both Poston and Pickett said they hoped this was just the first of many.

“It makes little sense to issue warrants and not actively seek to execute them,” they said. “No person with a warrant should feel safe and secure knowing no one is looking for them.”

Both said they appreciated the efforts of all who assisted and looked forward to another roundup in the future.

dtaylor@hcnonline.com

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