Police: 'Operation Slow Burn' delivers 71 arrests

David Freed, U.S. attorney of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announces 71 arrests and 138 cleared warrants as a result of "Operation Slow Burn," a collaborative effort between local, county and state agencies.

Local leaders in law enforcement on Friday announced a U.S. Marshals Service collaboration that resulted in 71 arrests and 138 cleared warrants.

"Operation Slow Burn" worked in conjunction with the York City Police Department and 15 other entities, including several other York area departments, and county and state agencies.

"It's been said over and over that U.S. marshals get their man — or woman," said David Freed, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The efforts were focused on outstanding warrants for violent offenders, said U.S. Marshal Martin Pane. York City Police Chief Troy Bankert added that the operation specifically targeted groups, much like the city's Group Violence Initiative — an offshoot of the national Group Violence Intervention initiative.

"Sometimes crime starts getting a little too high or violent offenses, homicides start occurring, and we recognize we need to do even more than what we need to do working together with our partners," Pane said, on why officials organized the "slow burn."

York County District Attorney Dave Sunday said it gets people who have the potential for additional violence off the street.

The most significant arrests included 24-year-old York men Carlos Alberto Torres and Eric Jole DeJesus, who were wanted in connection with a Sept. 22 homicide that occurred in the 500 block of North George Street.

Another was York man Jervin Perez, 19, who was wanted in connection with an attempted homicide that occurred Sept. 24.

The group also brought in 13 state parole violators who were originally convicted of offenses related to aggravated assault, robbery with serious bodily injury and other violent felonies.

"People on the streets are telling us, 'do what you have to do to stop the violence,' and there's no one thing that we can do," Pane said. "We can't just lock people up, can't just arrest people, can't just pick people out on warrants, do outreach. It's a combination of all of those things."