The Sun Newspaper recently reported that in June of this year the U.S. Marshals arrested a most wanted gang fugitive in Hopkins, Minnesota. As part of Operation FALCON 2009 (Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally) James Epps age 28 of Minneapolis was found and arrested.
Epps was charged with first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery for alleged incident back in May. He and an accomplice are accused of robbing two people at gunpoint at a motel. They were armed with shotguns and according to the arrest warrant Epps allegedly bit off part of one of the victim’s ear. Epps is reported to be a member of the Black P-Stone gang.
Since 2005, Operation FALCON has made more than 91,000 arrests and cleared more than 117,000 warrants. This operation is the largest and most successful fugitive apprehension efforts in U.S. Marshals history. There are approximately 175 federal, state and local law enforcement officers. They make up 16 separate arrest teams working throughout the operation. Each participating local officer is sworn in as a Special U.S. Deputy U.S. Marshal immediately prior to the start of the operation.
The goal of Operation Falcon is to make communities safer. Each time an arrest is made through FALCON operations there are less dangerous individuals in the community making the community safer.