Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The U.S. Marshals Service has rounded up more than 500 fugitives across West Virginia, including a man in Marshall County who tried to hide 25 feet up a tree.
Operation Falcon is an annual monthlong venture between the marshals and officers from state, federal and local agencies. Each is temporarily sworn in as a special deputy marshal for the project.
John Clark, Director of the Marshals Service, says the goal is to keep communities safe.
Clark said Thursday the fugitives caught throughout June were wanted on warrants that included murder, sexual assault and robbery charges.
One suspect was captured July 1 after fleeing into the woods. K-9 teams found him hiding up a tree.
The man had been charged with breaking into a home in Cameron and shooting the occupant.
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