MONTANA VIOLENT OFFENDER TASK FORCE 2013STATISTICS
The Montana Violent Offender Task Force (MVOTF) consists ofpartnerships between the U.S. Marshal Service and local law enforcement joiningtogether to apprehend violent offenders throughout our state. Without our wide network partnership withMontana Probation and Parole, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office, BillingsPolice Department, Cascade Sheriff’sOffice, Great Falls Police Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department ,Glacier County Sheriff’s , Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office, United StatesPostal Inspectors and United States Social Security Office of the InspectorGeneral, we would not be as successful in keeping our citizens safe.
The total number of case closures for 2013 was 928:
Associated with violent offenders are guns and illegalnarcotics. With the apprehension ofthese offenders the Task Force took off the street:
Numerousgrams of narcotic
One notable case in Great Falls was Thomas Anderson.
The pursuit of Thomas ANDERSON started on March 1, 2013 afterhe allegedly robbed a 10th Avenue South casino in Great Falls at gunpoint. Thepursuit involved stolen cars, armed robberies, and lasted almost 10 hours. Pursuit ended at Chowen Springs Park whereANDERSON was arrested.
Police say that before the actual pursuit began, the suspectrobbed the Cartwheel Bar two nights ago at gunpoint and then fled the scene ina black truck. Then around 10:22 p.m. on Thursday, the Palace Casino was robbedat gunpoint by a suspect with the same description as the Cartwheel robber.Officers chased ANDERSON south of Great Falls where he then crashed, ran away,and stole another vehicle to drive back into town. Before reaching Great Falls,ANDERSON crashed the second stolen vehicle into a garage on south 13th Street.ANDERSON eventually made it back to town, stole another vehicle, and allegedlyrobbed the Fat Tuesday's casino, this time shooting at an employee with aweapon.
A member of the Montana Violent Offender Task Force foundANDERSON at the Mountain View Apartments near Great Falls College-MSU, wheregunfire was exchanged. Great Falls schools implemented "shelter inplace" procedures for a brief time as police were chasing the suspect.ANDERSON sped off again and was eventually safely apprehended after crashinginto concrete barriers at Chowen Springs Park. There are no reports of injuriesduring the robberies or the police chase.