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Arrest round-up focuses on parole violators

March 12, 2019

Houston-area law enforcement agencies arrested 156 parole violators, including 14 targeted violent offenders, over a two-week period in February as part of a larger effort to prevent violent crimes from being committed after people shirk the conditions of their release.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced the captures during a Tuesday afternoon news conference along with more than a dozen other police officers and deputies from across the region.

The arrests should send a message to parolees that they need to follow the rules set out for them or risk being sent back to jail, the chief warned.

“They can abide by the rules of engagement,” Acevedo said. “Or, they can be certain in our region that we’re going to come looking for them.”

Houston Police Department arrested 79 parolees in the initiative, Acevedo said. The Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 3 arrested 31 people with open parole violation warrants. Other agencies that participated included the Harris County Sheriff’s Office; Harris County Constable’s Office Precincts 4 and 8; and the Galveston, Waller, Montgomery and Liberty County sheriff’s offices.

This is the second round of arrests in the effort. The first one, which was completed in November 2018, netted 164 parole violators, Acevedo said.

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