Annual Valentine's warrant sweep nabs 22

Action News was at Family Court on Vine Street in Philadelphia as more than 20 people were brought back for processing after a major warrant sweep on the morning of Tuesday, February 14th. The suspects arrested were wanted for crimes including aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, drug offenses, domestic abuse and outstanding child support payments. The task force included members of sheriff's offices in Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Delaware County and Chester County as well as the Philadelphia Police Department.

February 14, 2012 7:59:19 AM PST
It wasn't Cupid, but members of the Fugitive Task Force knocking on dozens of doors this Valentine's Day.

Action News rode along with the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office, which teamed up with sheriff's departments from Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County and Delaware County to serve outstanding warrants.

It was the 15th year the task force served the warrants on Valentine's Day.

In all, 22 men and women - wanted for robbery, burglary, drug offenses, armed assault, domestic abuse and outstanding child support payments - were taken into custody.

"This morning we also served notice to those on the lam that no matter where you hide, we will find you, and no matter how far you run or how fast, we will catch you", said Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams.

The raids began at 2:30 a.m. with approximately 50 officers and two dogs trained to sniff out drugs and cadavers.

"While on the run they become involved in even more criminal activities to sustain themselves, including robbery, burglary, and drug trafficking.?? Getting them off the street also helps to decrease the overall level of violence in the city," said Sheriff Williams.

Sheriff Williams said his department has about 2,900 warrants on file. He urged anyone with information on fugitives in the city to call 215-686-3578 to give an anonymous tip.