TULSA, Okla. - The 61st and Peoria area is a little safer today after a month-long Violent Crime Initiative involving the US Attorney’s Office, Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, US Marshals, FBI, ATF and HUD.
US Attorney Danny C. Williams, Sr., proposed the operation in an effort to clean up the 61st and Peoria area after a rash of violent crimes in the neighborhood.
KRMG was invited to ride along with officers as they made more than 100 arrests of violent criminals.
Teams of officers swarmed the area with stacks of warrants and made arrest after arrest.
One suspect, Freddie Hayes, had been staying one step ahead of officers for weeks. Hayes ran from officers who ended up in a high-speed pursuit with Hayes.
The pursuit stopped when Hayes crashed his vehicle just west of 41st and Utica around Noon on June 18th.
TPD Cpl. Gene Watkins tells KRMG that officers recovered several guns in and around the vehicle, a white Lexus sedan.
Days later, officers spotted three people selling drugs from inside a car near 37th and Braden Ave. near the Promenade Mall.
The Cadillac sped down Yale and turned west onto 41st Street and crashed into a black Mustang near 41st and New Haven.
Luis Chairez and two juveniles were arrested.