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US Marshals arrest 141 gang members, rescue 5 missing kids in OK operation

U.S. Marshals (U.S. Air Force/Released)
September 22, 2020

The U.S. Marshal Service on Thursday announced that 262 arrests were made, including 141 confirmed gang members, in an operation targeting gang-related activity in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The anti-gang campaign, known as “Operation Triple Beam,” also resulted in the discovery of five missing and endangered children, and the seizure of 72 firearms and “a significant amount of” narcotics. The two-month operation was led by the U.S. Marshals, in coordination with other federal agencies and state and local law enforcement members.

In a press conference Thursday, the U.S. Marshals announced the results of their 60-day operation, which began on July 6.

“Operation Triple Beam OKC was a targeted enforcement initiative by the Marshals and their partners to address violent crime in and around Oklahoma City,” said  Johnny Kulhman, the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma.

The operation was supported by Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, Shawnee Police Department, Yukon Police Department, Pottawatomie County Sherriff’s Office, Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Comanche County Detention, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Homeland Security Investigations, Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma.

According to a U.S. Marshals press release reported by Rochester First, among those arrested in the operation were 6 murder suspects, 21 assault suspects, 21 burglary suspects, 88 weapons offense suspects, and 57 drug offense suspects.

Among those arrested in the anti-gang sweep was Pablo Robledo, a gang member who previously fled Oklahoma County Detention Center while awaiting murder charges. Robledo is reportedly a known Sureños gang member. During his initial escape, Robledo reportedly broke out a window and used several bedsheets to scale the Oklahoma County Detention Center, along with Jose Hernandez, a rape suspect.

Another arrested gange suspect, Dkwon Littlejohn, was a known Rollin 60’s Crip gang member. He is accused of breaking into the vehicle of a special agent who works for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations and stealing the agent’s service rifle from the vehicle.

Chasady and Charles Hall, who are both documented Dungee Crip gang members, were arrested in the operation. They were alleged to have kidnapped their children from an Oklahoma City daycare. The children were in the custody of the Department of Human Services when the alleged kidnapping occurred.

The discovery and rescue of five missing children in Operation Triple Beam comes less than a month after U.S. Marshals in Georgia led the recovery of 39 children, including 26 missing children and 13 other endangered children in a two-week period under “Operation Not Forgotten.” Nine people were arrested in the Georgia operation and faced charges including sex trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession and custodial interference