Suspects wanted on felony charges among Middletown warrant sweep haul

Officers from Middletown, Butler County Sheriff’s Office and US Marshals Office listing to briefing before Thursday’s warrant sweep. (PHOTO: MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE)
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Officers from Middletown, Butler County Sheriff’s Office and US Marshals Office listing to briefing before Thursday’s warrant sweep. (PHOTO: MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE)

Some of those served warrants Thursday as part of a massive sweep in Middletown are wanted for questioning for felony crimes, while others face lower-level crimes like failing to appear in court or not paying city income taxes.

“A warrant sweep is just that — a warrant sweep. There are hundreds of open warrants in court that have to be served for people that did something and failed to go to court. Some are misdemeanors and some are felonies,” Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw told this news outlet.

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Fifty-six officers from Middletown, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Service gathered at the city building at 7 a.m. for a briefing.

They then split into four-officer teams and hit the streets. By 3 p.m., 99 of 140 warrants from Middletown Municipal Court had been served and 83 people were were in custody, according to police.

“We did get loaded guns off people yesterday, but for the most part they were court warrants,” Muterspaw said. “We also served warrants on people yesterday who had small warrants but were wanted for questioning on felony crimes. Our goal was to do all this in one sting since we don’t have warrant officers anymore.”

Muterpaw added the department typically does not do sweeps on suspected drug dealers, rather they make the arrest as soon as they get the charge.

“We also don’t publicize all arrests on dealers because a lot of times we roll them into getting the bigger dealer,” he said.

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“We are really happy with the success of this warrant sweep,” Muterspaw said “Our goal was to serve as many (warrants) as possible on those who have been evading court or jail, and we did just that.”

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