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173 fugitives arrested around Cumberland County

Posted January 28, 2011

— The U.S. Marshals Service, along with other law enforcement agencies, arrested 173 fugitives in Cumberland County and surrounding areas during the last week of January as part of "Operation Urban Shield."

The operation captured people wanted on felony charges, including sexual predators and fugitives wanted for violent crimes, the Marshals Service said. They also arrested 10 sex offenders and cleared 256 warrants in Cumberland County.

Among the arrests were Harrison Baldwin, 36, of Fayetteville, who was wanted by Fayetteville police for a total of nine charges, including domestic violence, assault on a female, communicating threats, simple assault, second-degree trespassing, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer.

He had been wanted since July 20, 2009, and his charges involve three female victims and one male victim, authorities said.

Law enforcement captured Baldwin Thursday after a brief standoff at a residence in the 200 block of University Street in Fayetteville. They found him hiding in the attic. Andrea Phillips, 35, of Fayetteville, was also arrested and charged with harboring a fugitive and resisting a public officer.

Marshawn Kennard Roberts Thomas, 32, of Fayetteville, was also arrested as part of Operation Urban Shield. He was wanted for first-degree rape. A team of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers arrested him as he got off a plane at Fayetteville Regional Airport.

Michael Malabre, 32, was arrested at his residence in Fayetteville and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling house that was used for keeping and selling a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Authorities said they seized approximately 870 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a .45-caliber handgun, and a 12-gauge shotgun from his residence.

Agencies contributing to Operation Urban Shield were the U.S. Marshals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville Police Department and the Cumberland County Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

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  • smalldogsrule Jan 28, 7:55 p.m.

    What's bothering me is...How are these crimes warrenting federal intervention into local law enforcement. Are we under martial law in N.C.?

    When a criminal is listed as a FUGITIVE, they become the perview of the Feds. That's why they were involved.

  • wayneboyd Jan 28, 7:55 p.m.

    WOW look at all the LEO involved in these arrests, General Patreus doesn't require this much brass fighting terriosm in Afganistan.

  • RB-1 Jan 28, 7:01 p.m.

    173!!!

    173 have been out living with the general public?

    Why haven't they been rounded up long before now, like AS they were committing the crimes?

    Makes one feel real safe.

    Wonder how many are in Wake County.

  • wayneboyd Jan 28, 6:29 p.m.

    None of the warrents mentioned in the third paragrapah involve federal charges.

  • justafella Jan 28, 5:57 p.m.

    Because some of the Warrants where Federal Warrants.

  • bombayrunner Jan 28, 5:52 p.m.

    Nice work !!

    Common Sense Man -- too funny, lol

  • wayneboyd Jan 28, 5:49 p.m.

    What's bothering me is...How are these crimes warrenting federal intervention into local law enforcement. Are we under martial law in N.C.?

  • godnessgracious Jan 28, 5:35 p.m.

    "I love how they list 870 grams of mj...less than 7 ounces or less than 1/2 pound...sounds like a whole lot more the way law enforcement says it."

    You might want to retake math again.

    If you are so good at math you would have told him the correct conversion.

    870 grams divided by 28 grams in an ounce is 31 ounces or just under 2 pounds.

  • Common Sense Man Jan 28, 5:18 p.m.

    "My God! Think of all the hardened speeders that went free while these LEOs were arresting and processing all these fugitives! And the tax dollars that the county will not get from all those criminals speeding around is going to kill the budget!"

    I don't think you'd want to travel much if there was absolutely no traffic enforcement.

  • Common Sense Man Jan 28, 5:17 p.m.

    "I love how they list 870 grams of mj...less than 7 ounces or less than 1/2 pound...sounds like a whole lot more the way law enforcement says it."

    You might want to retake math again.

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