DALLAS, Texas — The Dallas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Dallas' Violent Crimes Task Force conducted an over 18-month investigation targeting an organized crime ring — ultimately netting over 20 arrests. Three defendants remain wanted and at large, according to the Dallas Police Department.
The joint operation culminated on December 16, 2020, when over 20 individuals were arrested on charges for engaging in organized crime by members of the Dallas Police Department's Fugitive and Disruption Units, the FBI, and the Texas Department of Pubic Safety (DPS).
"The suspects are accused of committing crimes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area which include aggravated robbery, ATM theft, and burglary," read a statement from the Dallas Police Department.
According to the Dallas Police Department, 28 defendants were indicted. Of those, three remain at large. The majority of those arrested will be arraigned on local charges in Dallas County while others will be arraigned and face federal charges in the Northern District of Texas. If convicted, each faces five to 99 years, or life, in prison.
Dallas police identified the three at large suspects as Damarcus Johnson, Jeyson Brown, and Romon Mitchell.
“A lot of hours were spent in the planning and execution of this joint operation which yielded great results,” stated interim Chief of Dallas Police Lonzo Anderson. “We truly appreciate the partnership with our state and federal partners in our continued efforts to make Dallas safe.”
“The FBI works with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies through our Violent Crimes Task Force to target criminal groups and individuals, including fugitives, who commit the worst violent crimes in our area,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno. “This partnership resulted in the arrest of over 20 individuals on December 16 who are accused of committing a series of aggravated robberies. With these arrests, law enforcement removed dangerous individuals who posed a threat to our community. We will continue working with our partners every day to prevent acts of violent crime.”
“This was a massive undertaking for all of the law-enforcement agencies involved, and we are proud of the significant role everyone played to bring these defendants into custody. As a result of this investigation, a Dallas County Grand Jury has returned indictments against 28 defendants for the offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity,” said Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot. “I would like to thank our prosecutors, investigators, members of the Dallas FBI Violent Crimes Taskforce, Dallas Police Department, and our colleagues at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas for their efforts to improve the quality of life in our community.”