Lubbock County is safer Thursday night, as 30 people are forced to face their charges. Sheriff Deputies executed a felony warrant round up overnight. The round up started around 6 p.m. Wednesday evening and finished around 5 a.m. Thursday morning.
"I was here working on my floor," Neighbor Ronnie Villanueva said. He was putting down carpet at his home, when Lubbock County Sheriff Deputies pulled up next-door Wednesday night. "He was standing there and he asked me if there was an older guy standing there with glasses on," Ronnie Villanueva said.
Deputies tell NewsChannel 11 they served James Calvin Watkins an arrest warrant for aggravated sexual assault. We're told Watkins was taken into custody here in the 7300 block of West 4th Street. "We took two sexual predators off the streets last night and that's good for our community," Sheriff David Gutierrez said.
Sheriff Gutierrez says three teams of deputies attempted to serve 50 felony warrants. One of those was to Jimmy Anderson here in the 5,000 block of East County Road 6420. Anderson is charged with indecency with a child.
Sheriff Gutierrez says this round up comes after days of planning between his department and other parts of the criminal justice system. "Through the district attorney's office when we're targeting individuals to ensure the paper work is all ready," Sheriff Gutierrez said.
Back within the city limits, deputies served another warrant here at apartment 29-F in the 2100 block of East 4th Street. Deputies tell us they arrested Wanda Bibbs. Bibbs is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
In total, deputies arrested 30 individuals and cleared 38 warrants. It's a number Sheriff Gutierrez says makes for a successful night. "We work warrants every day. We're targeting the serious offenders in our community to arrest them and put them behind bars. Last night they did a superb job," Sheriff Gutierrez said.
The warrants are from both Lubbock Police and Sheriff Department cases. NewsChannel 11 has learned another felony round up is planned in the near future.
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