Local law enforcement conduct sting to arrest most wanted suspects

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans Police worked with the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service to round up violent offenders over a seven day period at the height of the holiday season.

"We're doing this every single day, but we thought during this holiday season and before the end of the year, we could make the city safer for the shopping season," New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison said.

The task force made 34 arrests for 59 separate offenses.

"Many of the offenders arrested in this week were wanted for violent crimes ranging from homicide, sexual assault and armed robbery," Harrison said.

Harrison said five people were arrested for murder, five for armed robbery, six for aggravated rape and five for aggravated battery.

Officers also found three guns as they carried out search warrants.

"Two of the robberies were actually Crimestopper tips that we were able to solve," Harrison said.

According to NOPD data, violent crime remained relatively steady at 3,026 cases so far this year, compared to 3,025 cases during the same period last year.

Property crimes such as burglaries and thefts are up about six percent from the same period last year. Also up are clearance rates.

NOPD has closed 23% of cases so far this year, up from 22% in late 2016.

"Simply put, this task force was charged with getting a lot of bad actors off of the streets of New Orleans. Make no mistake, these are dangerous individuals who have proven to have no respect for the law and no respect for human life," Harrison said.

Harrison said NOPD conducted a similar sweep in the summer.

"We're very very aggressive and this is just an example of that. And so, for those who used to think that we're soft on crime, that's not the case. It has never been the case," Harrison said.

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