31 people arrested in a joint task force domestic violence round-up
TOLEDO, OH (WNWO) - Over 30 suspects were arrested today in a sting operation by multiple law enforcement agencies. The Lucas County Sheriff's Office who worked with the U.S. Marshals to put on today’s Domestic Violence Round Up.
There were 7 teams made up of local Police Forces, State Troopers, Sheriff's Deputies, and U.S. Marshalls. They were looking for nearly 200 men and women, all of whom had active arrest warrants.
“Domestic Violence and Assault is pretty much the main thing," explained Lucas County Sheriff's Office deputy and member of the U. S. Marshals task force, Frank Lizcano. "It’s a domestic violence round up. I want to say this is the 20th year that they’ve been doing it.”
It’s not just about getting violent offenders off the street. It also gives victims a chance to get their lives back.
“Maybe that gives them a little time to get out of the situation," shared Chad Baumhower, also a Lucas County Sheriff's Office deputy and member of the U. S. Marshals task force. "If they feel that they’re going to be in danger staying in that relationship, it gives them time to get their stuff together and get out of that relationship. Move or whatever they need to do.”
31 suspects were arrested on Thursday, including one who was found with a gun on him. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
Baumhower, a round-up team leader, says he’s done this job enough he normally doesn’t get nervous. But every once in a while, “sometime we have to go up in attics and down in basements and crawl spaces and it gets tight up in those spaces. And you never know what you’re going to get yourself into when you’re sticking your head up in an attic. So I can get nervous in those situations.”
Members of the force are willing to take these risks to keep others safe.
NBC 24 was on scene when two of the arrests made. One man was accused of hitting his aunt, the other accused beating up his live-in girlfriend.
“When we finally get that victim in custody and it puts that victim at ease and they thank us. That’s the most rewarding part for sure," said Baumhower.
Weeks’ worth of planning went into the operation.
The round-up began at 7:30 Thursday morning, and just finished a few hours ago.
“We’re not going to stop just after today," added Baumhower. "Looking for these people after the round ups over with, we’ll go back out next week or next month or however long it takes till either he turns himself in or we get him into custody.”
They hold the Domestic Violence round up every October, because it’s domestic violence awareness month.