Posted: Oct 29, 2009 4:58 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Oct 29, 2009 11:03 PM
Hundreds of registered sex offenders in four parishes received a surprise visit from U.S. Marshals during the past 30 days.
Federal agents targeted Ascension, West Baton Rouge, Iberville and Livingston parishes.
Marshals stopped at nearly 400 homes for "Operation Knock Knock."
Agents initially tried to make contact with the offenders. If they couldn't get in touch with them after a short grace period, an arrest warrant was issued.
The operation resulted in 16 of the 25 arrest warrants being executed. Nine registered sex offenders are now considered fugitives, and are being sought.
"The goal of this operation was simple; we wanted to make an unannounced visit to the address that was provided by the registered sex offender to law enforcement and verify they actually live or work there," said US Marshal Carey Jenkins.
The operation was so successful, "Operation Knock Knock 2" is already in the works. Agents said they will likely target East Baton Rouge Parish and parts of the Felicianas.
Neighbors told News 2 they appreciate the awareness and checks.