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Update on Houston Men Against Family Violence Warrant Round-Up

August 26, 2005 -- A massive warrant round up aimed at arresting suspects wanted for child abuse, family violence and failure to register as sex offenders has yielded another 26 arrests in the past 24 hours.

Since the multi-agency initiative began, a total of 147 suspects have been taken into custody as part of the Houston Men Against Family Violence (HMAFV) campaign launched by Houston Police Chief Harold L. Hurtt.

Officers from HPD, the Harris County Sheriff's and Constables' Offices, and other area agencies have attempted to serve warrants on 218 offenders of the more than 300 individuals wanted in the HMAFV campaign round up.

The numbers break down as follows:

Of 147 suspects arrested thus far, 96 were taken into custody by HPD, Constables and other agencies. Thirty-six of those suspects were wanted on felonies. The other 51 suspects in custody were handled by the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Among those arrested in the past 24 hours was Joe Gonzalez (H/m, DOB 4-16-82), who was charged with sexually abusing his seven-year-old daughter. A second suspect, Rafael Alderete (H/m, DOB 5-17-50), was also picked up on Thursday (Aug. 25). He was charged with two counts of indecency with a child.

Click here for more information on the warrant round-up.


For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.