Wanted on a warrant? Hennepin County is coming for you

4:09 PM, Jul 21, 2010   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS-- Turn yourself in, or we'll come and get you.

That's the message from Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, who is urging anyone with an outstanding warrant to surrender to authorities by the end of the week. His warning comes in advance of an upcoming intensive warrant sweep, which will clear as many warrants from the books as possible.

"This sweep demonstrates that our community does not tolerate violence in our neighborhoods," said Sheriff Rich Stanek, "We will arrest offenders who are wanted on a variety of offenses and the priorities include juvenile warrants and felony arrests."

Stanek has temporarily assigned additional deputies to clear warrants, and the department has partnered with state and local law enforcement agencies for greater community reach. The sweep will take place during July, and it will happen sometime between now and the end of the month. Law enforcement will arrest adults and juveniles who are wanted on active warrants. 

In December of 2009 hundreds of warrants were cleared after a sweep called 'Operation Year End Clearance'. The focus of that operation was cases related to sex offender registration, domestic violence, and DWI.

How adults may voluntarily surrender:

  • Adults may turn themselves in at anytime at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility, also known as the Hennepin County jail at 401 South 4th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Advise the deputy at the front lobby that you would like to turn yourself in. You will be placed under arrest and detained in the jail where you will be booked.
  • Continued detention will depend on bail amount, release conditions, your ability to post bail, and the court schedule.
  • It is recommended that you turn yourself in by midnight on a regular business days if you prefer to appear in court the following day.
  • Bring a form of government-issued identification with you, any necessary prescription medications, and cash, if you plan on bailing out.

How juveniles may voluntarily surrender:

  • Parents/guardians are urged to advise juveniles with active warrants -- to turn themselves in.
  • Juveniles may surrender at the Juvenile Detention Center, 510 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. It is open everyday, around the clock.
  • Some juvenile warrants will require that the juvenile be detained and held at the detention center. Other juvenile warrants require the juvenile to make a court date and the juvenile will not be held.
  • For additional information, call the Juvenile Detention Center at 612-348-8122.

How adults determine if they have an active warrant:

  • If you aren't sure whether you are wanted on a warrant, you are asked to visit us in person at the Sheriff's Office Warrant Unit. Bring a photo id.
  • You may NOT call the Warrant Unit to inquire about the status of a warrant. Sheriff's Office personnel must verify your identity.
  • The Sheriff's Office Warrant Unit is located in Room 22, Minneapolis City Hall at 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN. Business hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

How to provide tips:

  • Tipsters are encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office with information concerning the whereabouts of fugitives.
  • Anyone with information about a person wanted on a warrant may call 1-888-988-TIPS.

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