NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Police Department, FBI and U.S. Marshals have arrested 34 fugitives, including several suspected of murder.
Officials announced the arrests, made in a seven-day period, during a joint news conference Thursday morning.
Among those arrested were:
-Five people wanted for murder
-Five people wanted for armed robbery
-Six people wanted for aggravated rape or sexual battery
-Five people wanted for aggravated battery or aggravated assault with a gun
Authorities said Crimestoppers tips helped to solve two of the robberies.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said authorities announced the roundup to make sure the public felt safe as they make their last-minute Christmas purchases.
“We’re doing this every single day,” Harrison said of efforts to arrest people who have warrants out for their arrests. “But we thought during this holiday season and before the end of the year we could make the city safer for the shopping season and for high visibility.”