FARGO — Federal agents in North Dakota said they have arrested 26 domestic violence suspects.

Dubbed Operation Sanctuary, the U.S. Marshals Service said it targeted domestic violence and abuse fugitives during a month-long effort in North Dakota, the agency said in a Tuesday, Nov. 17, news release. Agents focused on Cass and Burleigh counties, as well as Clay County in Minnesota, according to the release.

Those arrested face charges of child neglect, aggravated domestic assault and violation of court orders.

“Getting all violent offenders into custody is important, but getting these types of offenders into custody is a high priority for the safety and welfare of the abused, neglected, and vulnerable," said Dallas Carlson, U.S. Marshal for the District of North Dakota. "Operations like this reinforce the need for all of us to be aware of domestic violence in our communities.”

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