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60 fugitives netted in U.S. marshals roundup

More than 60 fugitives in Utah were arrested in February and March as part of Operation Violence Reduction, a fugitive apprehension initiative from the U.S. Marshals Service.
More than 60 fugitives in Utah were arrested in February and March as part of Operation Violence Reduction, a fugitive apprehension initiative from the U.S. Marshals Service.
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SALT LAKE CITY — More than 60 fugitives in Utah were arrested in February and March as part of Operation Violence Reduction, a fugitive apprehension initiative from the U.S. Marshals Service.

The six-week, nationwide initiative led to the recovery of more than 8,000 fugitives, including 17 abducted and missing children, according a statement Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Marshals focused their efforts on fugitives who had three or more previous felonies for charges such as murder, attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, arson, abduction/kidnapping, weapon offenses, sexual assault and child molestation, according to a news release.

The U.S. Marshals Service acknowledged three notable arrests made in Utah during the operation.

Reynaldo Thomas Martinez Jr., who marshals call a documented member of the QVO gang in Salt Lake City, was arrested Feb. 24. The parole fugitive was originally charged in a gang-related drive-by shooting. While Martinez was on parole, police believe he was involved in an armed robbery in West Valley City. He is facing charges stemming from the robbery, including aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.

Marshals say Delbery Wayne Auger is a member of the Silent Aryan Warrior gang and was on probation after being convicted of being a restricted person in possession of a firearm when he was arrested last month. During his Feb. 4 arrest, the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team detained five other fugitives who were with him. Auger has a history of firearm and drug charges.

Daniel Joseph Chivers was originally arrested for drug charges and has a long criminal history, including multiple gun and drug charges and assault, according the marshals. During his arrest Feb. 24, Chivers attempted to escape from a balcony on the back of the home where officers found him, according to the release. He was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for outstanding warrants in California.

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