‘Operation Clean Sweep:’ Investigators arrest 50 people wanted for violent crimes in Cleveland

Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 6:41 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland police, U.S. Marshals, FBI agents and ATF agents shared the outcomes of “Operation Clean Sweep” Monday afternoon.

Investigators arrested 50 people in a month-long sting operation that focused on violent offenders with active warrants.

“I need the residents of this city to know something very important. I will use every tool in my arsenal to keep our city safe,” said Mayor Justin Bibb.

Officials said the crimes happened in all five neighborhood police districts in Cleveland.

The arrested suspects were wanted for multiple violent offenses; including aggravated murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery, drug trafficking, aggravated burglary, rape and kidnapping.

City leaders say this is only the start.

There are still about a dozen criminals investigators are targeting. They hope to arrest them sooner rather than later.

Citizens are encouraged to contact law enforcement to report illegal or suspicious activity. If you have information that may assist investigators in apprehending wanted individuals or wish to report criminal activity, please call 9-1-1 in an emergency or 216-621-1234 in a non-emergency.

Anonymous information can be provided by calling Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME and a cash reward may be available.