|In cooperation with seven surrounding counties, the
Loudon County Sheriff's Office kicked off "Operation Apprehension" which
was designed to make a sweep through multiple counties to arrest
individuals with outstanding warrants. Officers were hoping to make up
to 560 arrests for the outstanding warrants.
Blount County provided their mobile command unit to assist with the
Loudon officers seek defendants
560 outstanding warrants focus of 12-hour operation
By Hugh G. Willett, knoxnews.com
Law enforcement officers from seven counties fanned out from the Loudon
County Justice Center Thursday afternoon to commence "Operation
The goal of the 12-hour operation was to take into custody as many
defendants as possible from a list of 560 outstanding warrants, said
Loudon Sheriff Tim Guider.
"Over time, all sheriff's offices will amass a number of criminal
warrants that are unable to be served for one reason or another," Guider
said. The biggest reason is that the defendant can't be located, Guider
In preparation for this operation, the records department and the
clerk's office have invested a considerable amount of time and hard work
to determine the status of the warrants and locate the most recent
address for the defendant, he explained.
Loudon County Sheriff's Office deputies were given a packet of
information about the defendants that included a photo, driver's license
and copies of the warrant. A mobile communications trailer also will be
used to coordinate the arrests and processing of the defendants.
"In order to serve these warrants, we have asked for help from other
agencies," Guider said. "We want to serve as many warrants as possible
in a 12-hour period."
LCSO deputies were to team up with officers from Anderson, Blount, Knox,
Monroe, McMinn and Roane counties. The warrants range from failure to
appear, unpaid child support and underage consumption to burglary,
assault and homicide, Guider said.
Outside of the 317 warrants to be served in Loudon County itself, Knox
County has the second largest number of outstanding warrants at 78. A
collection facility is being set up near Walker Springs Road to handle
arrests made in Knox County.
This is the most extensive attempt to serve outstanding warrants
conducted by the LCSO in at least seven years, Guider said. A similar
operation seven years ago nabbed about 200 of the 500 fugitives sought.
"From time to time, we have to whittle down the number of outstanding
warrants," Guider said.
Depending on how successful the operation is, the LCSO may have to house
some of the defendants in a neighboring county jail.
"It may be difficult to house this many prisoners," Guider said.
"We will try to process them and bond them out as quickly as possible,"
Blount joins huge suspect roundup: Deputies seek 560
with outstanding warrants
By Mark Boxley
of The Daily Times Staff
If "Operation Apprehension" is a success,
Loudon County authorities hope to nab hundreds of individuals with
outstanding warrants in seven counties, including Blount.
Loudon County Sheriff Tim W. Guider announced the operation Thursday in
Lenoir City, saying his office had tracked down addresses for 560 people
with outstanding warrants in Loudon, Anderson, Blount, Knox, Monroe,
McMinn and Roane counties.
His officers, teamed with officers from the other six counties, were out
for 12 hours starting Thursday and going into the early hours of today,
trying to track down and arrest them.
The last time the Loudon County Sheriff's Office conducted an operation
of this size was seven years ago, Guider said.
"Over a period of time, all sheriff's departments amass a rather large
amount of outstanding warrants," he said, explaining officials try to
arrest the individuals when the warrants are first issued. "But for a
number of reasons, those subjects are not captured."
Of the outstanding warrants, the vast majority (317) are from Loudon
County, but a good number were suspected to be in Blount (49), Knox
(78), Monroe (45) and Roane (41) counties.
"As you know, these individuals will cross boundary lines and county
lines and one day they may be in Knox County, another day in Blount,
another day in Loudon," he said.
The participating agencies were out for 12 hours starting at 4 p.m.
Thursday, "and we hope we will be quite successful," Guider said.
"Granted, if we have half of (the 560), we'll be happy."
Along with about five deputies, the Blount County Sheriff's Office
Mobile Command Center was on the scene to aid in coordinating the
efforts, and a Blount County paddy wagon was in use at a drop-off point
"We're going to have that stationed in Knoxville in a central location
in case somebody needs to drop off (an arrested suspect) over there,"
Blount County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Clark said Thursday while standing in
front of the command center. "And what the (centralized paddy wagon)
does is enable an officer to drop off (a suspect), get back out there
and look for some other folks, instead of driving all the way back to
the Loudon County Jail."
Depending on how successful the warrant roundup is, Guider said things
might get tight in the Loudon County Jail.
"It's going to be difficult to house all these individuals as we get
them in," he said. "If they are bondable (they will) bond them out as
quickly as possible.
"But if not, we're going to ask for some assistance from ... neighboring
counties to house them," he said. "We certainly want to thank our
neighboring counties for helping us."
As of 9 p.m. Thursday -- with seven hours left -- about 30 outstanding
warrants had been served in the operation.
Loudon County attempts to serve 560 outstanding warrants
LENOIR CITY (WATE) -- More than 100 officers from seven East Tennessee
counties set out on a 12 hour manhunt Thursday afternoon. They called it
The Loudon County Sheriff's Office, with a lot of outside help, went
after 560 people with outstanding warrants, everything from robbery and
assault to probation violations and failure to pay child support. It
took several months to track down the most up-to-date addresses for all
of the suspects.
"The last time we conducted such an operation of this magnitude was
about seven years ago, which we felt was very successful," said Sheriff
More than halfway through the search, 50 people had already been nabbed.