More than 90 people were apprehended after a three day fugitive roundup operation was conducted. The operation, led by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Asbury Park Police, Neptune Township Police, State Police, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Parole Board, targeted local, county and state criminals, many who were wanted on felony charges. “The success of this operation comes as a result of the task force knocking on doors, surveiling areas and chasing down criminals,” said Sheriff Kim Guadagno.
The sweep, which is conducted annually, coincides with the week of Halloween because of the increase in crime this time of year. Members of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, along with the other participating law enforcement agencies arrested those wanted for gang activity, burglary, aggravated assault with a weapon, weapons charges, possession of drugs and non-payment of child support. A large number of people were tracked down in the Asbury Park /Neptune areas. “I commend all the officers involved for their dedication and commitment to this operation,” said Sheriff Guadagno. “Because of that effort, communities where our children live and play are now safer.”
During the three day operation, a total of 3 guns were recovered, including a loaded 9mm handgun, 6 bricks of heroin and .5 pounds of marijuana. The task force also arrested 5 people after they raided an establishment in Asbury Park that was selling alcoholic beverages without a license. “Just like last year we have seen a decrease in calls for assistance on mischief night and Halloween,” said Det. Capt. Anthony Salerno, Asbury Park. “This comes as a direct result of the operation and the residual effects it causes. We are truly grateful for the assistance of Sheriff Kim Guadagno and Chief Michael Donovan for aiding us in the three day city-wide sweep.”