(10/29/13) - Thirty-eight people and at least two guns were taken off the streets during a two day, multi-agency, felony warrant sweep in Flint.
Federal, state and local officers were out in force searching for some of the area's most violent and wanted criminals. They started Monday morning.
It's not an easy task, considering there are currently some 40,000 outstanding warrants in Flint.
Police Chief James Tolbert pushed for the sweep and briefed department heads at Emergency Manager Darnell Earley's weekly meeting Tuesday morning.
"40,000 is a lot, but just like I tell my guys, 'How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.' We just have to do that one bite at a time," said Tolbert.
ABC12 was out with officers hours earlier.
They were looking for people who failed to appear in court or people not in custody with warrants or suspected in crimes. These are gun related crimes, violent offenders, CSC and arson related as well. Parole absconders were targeted too.
Police had a list of 76 people.
Tolbert said police determined, right off the bat, three people were already in custody somewhere else. Of those three, two are wanted for murder and one is wanted for assault with intent to murder, Tolbert said.
Clarence Davison was one of the people police arrested in Flint during the sweep. He was suspected in the severe strangulation of his ex-girlfriend earlier this month. Davison was arrested Monday while officers were searching for someone else.
"He happened to be at the location," Tolbert said.
The detective on the case said he's meeting with prosecutors Tuesday about charges.
Tolbert said the FBI, U.S. Marshals Office, ATF, Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Corrections, Genesee County Sheriff's Department and Grand Blanc Township Police assisted in the efforts.
"That's a good thing," said Flint resident Morise Starr. "Get em (sic) off the street."
Flint Police Lt. Collin Birnie was with the team of officers we went along with.
"Heck, if we got three people off the street that were violent felons that's a great thing for the community," Birnie said.
City Spokesman Jason Lorenz said the early, final numbers indicate 38 people were arrested and 85 warrants were cleared.
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