Roundup nets eight fugitives

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2007

A fugitive roundup led by the U.S. Marshals Service culminated with the arrest of eight people this week in a series of raids throughout Juneau.

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Gregory Brown Jr., Adrian Page, Robert McCord, Angela Galeana, Roy Raymond Peters Jr., Clayton Davis and Irving Tally were arrested on charges related to probation or parole violations, according to Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Marc Otte. None was charged with new crimes, he said.

Francis Demmert was not sought by authorities initially but was arrested after Marshals said she interfered with the arrest of Page, who was accused of trying to escape from a second-floor window.

With the help of local and state police, the fugitives' locations were well-surrounded, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Dave Long.

"We don't give them opportunity to escape," he said.

While some fugitives try to run, others simply hide wherever they are when the knock comes. Mostly they do it in haste, Long said.

Of those arrested between Monday and Wednesday, Brown was most uncooperative on the marshals' list. They found him hiding in a pile of clothes in a closet at an undisclosed location.

"We had to forcibly remove him from the closet," Long said.

Authorities had been searching for Brown for the better part of a year after he violated the terms of his release on a past dangerous drugs conviction and an Alaska state police warrant, Long said.

The Marshals Service came to Juneau looking for 15 or 20 fugitives.

"If they were here, we probably found them," Long said. "Several were not in Juneau."

The Alaska Fugitive Task Force is a full-time operation looking for people wanted across the state. Since its inception in 1999, the task force has arrested more than 3,200 fugitives statewide, Otte said.

Juneau and state police worked with the U.S. Marshals Service during the roundup.

"It's what we do," Long said. "We pride ourselves on being able to find people."

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