12 Area Sex Offenders Arrested During Operation Lubbock Tornado
A month-long multi agency investigation has come to a close following the arrests of 12 Lubbock area sex offenders. The operation, named Operation Lubbock Tornado, included the Lubbock Police Department, the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Marshalls, and Homeland Security Investigations. The operation visited 466 registered sex offenders within Lubbock County and initiated 16 new investigations into suspected Texas Sex Offender registry law violations.
Six registered sex offenders were taken into custody at the beginning of July for registry violations. Five out of the six sex offenders were arrested for felony warrants for failure to comply with registry laws. One was arrested on a new charge of Indecency with a Child by Contact. Following those arrest six more arrests were made, these sex offenders were living within the city limits.
Out of these six arrests four were arrested for felony warrants for failure to comply with registry laws, two were arrested for on-view felony violations of registry laws, and one was arrested on municipal warrant for a 2021 citation issued by the Lubbock Police Department for a violation of the City of Lubbock Child Safety Zone Ordinance.
The purpose of the investigation was to ensure that all registered sex offenders that are currently residing within Lubbock County and the Lubbock City limits were doing what was required of them and following the laws as sex offenders.