19 Arrests Made in Joint Operation to Locate Wanted Sex Offenders

05/07/2017— Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies conducted a four-day operation in an effort to locate sex offenders who have failed to register in the Denver metro area. The U.S. Marshals Service, Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Colorado State Patrol (CSP), the Lakewood, Thornton and Westminster police departments and other law enforcement partners arrested 19 individuals on more than 30 outstanding warrants during the operation. “Operation Spring Cleanup” ran from May 4-7, 2017.

There were several significant arrests that took place during the four-day sweep, including the arrest of Linc Blair. Blair was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested on May 6th in Aurora. Blair has a lengthy arrest history including arrests for attempted sex assault on a child and resisting arrest. Blair is currently being housed at the Aurora City Jail and is expected to appear in Court on Monday, May 8, 2017. New leads were also developed on other wanted fugitives from the CBI’s Top 100 Most Wanted Sex Offenders.

“Operation Spring Cleanup was a tremendous success and the U.S. Marshals Service will continue to partner with state and local law enforcement to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Andrew Smith, acting Chief for the District of Colorado.

“The efforts of the 50 law enforcement personnel who worked tirelessly to identify and locate sex offenders who have failed to register in this operation shows the commitment of our teams to help safeguard our communities through shared resources and extraordinary collaboration,” said CBI Director Mike Rankin.

This is the first large-scale, multi-jurisdictional operation coordinated by the US Marshals Service and the CBI to locate wanted sex offenders this year. Similar operations are planned in the near future.

Participating Agencies in the Operation:

• Colorado Bureau of Investigation

• Colorado State Patrol

• Lakewood Police Department

• Thornton Police Department

• U.S. Marshals Service—Denver

• U.S. Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General

• Westminster Police Department

•Assistance from several other Denver-area law enforcement agencies

 

Colorado Sex Offender Fast Facts

• 18,000 of individuals currently registered as sex offenders in Colorado

• More than 100 individuals contacted by law enforcement during the operation.

• 19 of individuals arrested as a result of the operation.

 

 For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service visit www.usmarshals.gov

To view the Colorado Sex Offender Registry visit https://www.colorado.gov/apps/cdps/sor/