December 17, 2006 Senior Inspector James Ergas, (770) 508-2555
Chief Inspector William Sorukas, (703) 304-1243
Office of Public Affairs, (202) 307-9065

Investigation ongoing as fugitive is suspect in other crimes

ATLANTA, GA -  Ramondez Lamon Rivera, 28, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) and the Douglas County (GA) Sheriff’s Department at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 15. Rivera, of Douglasville, GA, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of Kwana Burns, 28, who was killed in Anderson, SC, early on December 14.

Rivera is also considered a suspect in the murder of another woman in Anderson. The second victim was discovered at her home on Tuesday, December 12. Authorities have yet to charge Rivera in the second homicide.

Acting on a request for assistance from the Anderson, SC, Police Department, Deputy U.S. Marshals in South Carolina and the Operation Intercept task force worked with investigators from the SERFTF, the Anderson PD, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department to establish Rivera’s location in the Atlanta area. Once identified, an extensive surveillance was established on Rivera’s location. He was arrested a short time later as he left his residence. He was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail in Georgia awaiting extradition to South Carolina.

While this investigation continues, the Marshals Service has committed resources to assisting Anderson law enforcement investigators in determining whether Rivera may be a suspect in other crimes.

The Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is comprised of law enforcement officers from the United States Marshals Service and 27 other local, state, and federal agencies, whose goal is to seek out and arrest the region’s most violent offenders. The SERFTF is one of six regional fugitive task forces operated by the United States Marshals Service. The Task Forces were created by Congress to assist state and local law enforcement in their fugitive apprehension efforts. The Marshals Service also leads more than 80 district-based task forces around the United States. Annually, more fugitives are arrested by U.S. Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.

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