Officials execute 151 total search warrants in domestic violence roundup


ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Door by door, members of the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, Rainbow City Police Department, and Gadsden Police Department hit the streets as part of a warrant round up. They were just a few of many agencies participating, executing a total 151 search warrants Wednesday.

CBS42 followed along with agent Tara Bates, and other members of the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office. They executed search warrants for domestic violence, unpaid child support and other crimes.

“With it being domestic violence originated, there is a victim. A lot of people have been hurt and injured these people might be dangerous we need to get them off the street. As far as non-support warrants, there are mothers or fathers that need to take care of their kids, and they need to get these warrants served so we can get them in jail and get these fees paid,” said Bates.

One man was arrested for violation of protection order Wednesday.

“If anyone feels like they are in danger [from someone] they have dated, they can get a protection order, and if the offender violates it either by contacting them or going to see them, they violate that protection order and warrant is issued,” said Bates.

They found another man they were looking for in a back garage.

“He had an FTA which is a failure to appear for non support, child support,” said Bates.

Agent Bates’ group went to more than a dozen homes.

“So far it’s been really good, a couple of houses have been vacant but thus far we got the ones we really needed to get,” said Bates.

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