Reporter: Claire Doan
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Many broke the law and they’re still on the loose: 1,600 suspects and offenders with outstanding arrest warrants connected to domestic violence charges.
More than 100 people from Pima County’s Domestic Violence Task Force gathered Tuesday morning with one mission: to look for the 1,600 people. They separated into teams and tackled different neighborhoods, with a list of people to find.
“All of them are potentially dangerous. You don’t really know what you’re going to get until you knock on the door and somebody answers,” said Detective Kevin Kubitskey.
Kubitskey said there is at least one reason why domestic violence offenses are on the upswing.
“With domestic violence disputes and the economy the way it is, it causes a lot of arguments in a lot of households," he said.
He added that domestic violence offenders later become the target of an arrest warrant usually by violating probation, missing a court date or not attending mandatory therapy.
Deputies knocked on doors, searched homes and stayed persistent throughout the roundup, knowing they would only arrest a fraction of the people on the list.
“There’s just so many domestic violence offenses that occur on a daily basis that the numbers just keep adding up. We do this task force every once in a while and try to round up as many as we can through the judicial system,” Kubitskey said.