U.S. Marshals 'Operation Falcon' nets over 150 arrests in Tri-State

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An operation by the U.S. Marshals Service has netted over 150 arrests in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Operation FALCON - or "Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally" - combined the efforts of 26 law enforcement agencies in one of the area's largest-ever fugitive initiatives. It focused on the capturing of individuals wanted on felony charges, including sexual predators and fugitives wanted for crimes of violence.

Over the course of the monthlong operation, Deputy U.S. Marshals, teamed with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, arrested 152 fugitives and cleared 294 active warrants in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Some of the significant arrests included Theresa Ritchie, 33, who was arrested June 5 in Franklin stemming from a warrant issued by the Warren County Prosecutor's Office on 12 counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact with a Minor and three counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

On June 5, Julius Trollinger, 24, was wanted by the Cincinnati Police Department on two counts of Felonious Assault.  Trollinger is alleged to have shot two victims with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun after he was involved in an argument on a Metro Bus. The two victims were passengers on the bus.

The Evendale Police Department in Hamilton County requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals in locating a 17-year-old suspect wanted for a March 18 double murder.  An altercation that began as an argument in an area nightclub, escalated into a shootout along the Southbound I-75 interstate, causing one vehicle to rollover.  The two people inside the vehicle were found dead at the scene.  Acting on information that the suspect was still in the Cincinnati area, the suspect was found asleep in a residence and taken into custody without incident on June 3.

"The goal of Operation FALCON is simple - to make communities safer," said John F. Clark, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service. "Each time we wrap up a FALCON operation in any location, there are less dangerous individuals - and fewer threats to the community - than before we arrived there. That is very gratifying."