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  • September 24, 2014 - Today the U.S. Marshals Service celebrates its 225th anniversary. As the nation’s oldest, most versatile federal law enforcement agency, it continues to build on its legacy of steadfast service and its unique position in the country’s federal justice system.
  • September 12, 2013 - The U.S. Marshals’ Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette, along with vital assistance from multiple law enforcement agencies, has safely located and arrested three violent fugitives Wanted for Attempted Murder.
  • April 16, 2013 - Wade Lohse was arrested this afternoon by the U.S. Marshals’ Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force in downtown Philadelphia. This arrest concludes an extensive fugitive investigation that began when Lohse fled his trial on charges of Vehicular Homicide, Felon in Possession, and Burglary in Lafayette Parish.
  • April 05, 2013 - The U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force has joined forces with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in the hunt for a violent fugitive who fled from his trial. Wade Lohse is wanted by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office after he walked out of his trial March 25. Lohse is currently facing the following charges: Vehicular Homicide, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Burglary.
  • February 27, 2013 - On February 26th, Gary James was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) and Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office at a residence in Eunice (Acadia Parish). James was Wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department on an October, 2012 warrant for Lewd Lascivious Acts with Child Less than 14 Years of Age.
  • December 13, 2012 - The U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette along with the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) from New Orleans arrested murder suspect Junior Weston in New Orleans.
  • November 08, 2012 - The U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force with critical assistance from the Houma Police Department, Thibodeaux Police Department, and Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested twenty-one year old Christopher Wilson. Wilson was Wanted by the Lafayette Police Department for Attempted First Degree Murder.
  • October 02, 2012 - On September 27th, the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette arrested Quincy Mouton. Mouton was wanted by the Rayne Police Department for 2nd Degree Murder.  Just 5 days later, the VOTF arrested Steve Faulk, who was wanted by the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Rape and Aggravated Kidnapping.
  • September 12, 2012 - The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Christopher Alfred this afternoon. Alfred was Wanted by the Lafayette Police Department for Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. U.S. Marshals arrested Alfred pursuant to a traffic stop in Lafayette, LA.
  • September 04, 2012 - The Lafayette Police Department and The U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force are seeking assistance and information from the public as to Carl J. Phillips’s location. Phillips is wanted for 2nd Degree Murder that took place on July 28, 2012.
  • July 07, 2012 - Members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) with assistance from Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, and Church Point Police arrested murder suspect Steven Guillory.  Less than 24 hours later, Willie Dean and Xavier Freeman were arrested by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and VOTF. Both suspects are Wanted by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina for 1st Degree Murder and Armed Robbery Charges.
  • April 04, 2012 - The U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) from Lafayette with critical assistance from the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police arrested Vincente Mendoza. Mendoza was Wanted by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina. Mendoza allegedly killed Hope Bowers and Latonia Profit on or about March 17, 2012.
  • January 27, 2012 - The U.S. Marshals Service is pleased to announce that William Langley was arrested this morning in Izard County, Arkansas. Langley was arrested after attempting to climb out of a basement window in an effort to evade arrest. Langley was Wanted by the Crowley Police Department for Aggravated Rape and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
  • December 16, 2011 - Earlier this year the U.S. Marshals requested the assistance of America’s Most Wanted (AMW) in exposing an elusive suspect/fugitive named Kenneth Crouch. Crouch is Wanted by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Probation and Parole, and the U.S. Marshals for a myriad of crimes. AMW put Crouch on their website earlier this year and in November AMW came to Lafayette and filmed a lengthy segment about Crouch and his crimes. AMW will air a segment about Crouch tomorrow on their Fox Special that begins at 7:00 p.m. Central Time.
  • September 30, 2011 - Raymond Novak was arrested by members of the US Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force today. The arrest occurred near mile marker 72 off I-10 in Acadia Parish. Novak was Wanted by Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office in Pennsylvania for Involuntary Deviant Sexual Intercourse. Novak was scheduled to appear for trial on these charges on Monday, September 26th, but he failed to appear.
  • August 03, 2011 - Nineteen Year Old Nelson Paul Chambers peacefully surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) at about 12:00 p.m. today. Chambers was accompanied by his family and others as he surrendered in front of the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.  On July 19th after Chambers failed to appear at his trial for Aggravated Rape, the Lafayette Police Department requested the assistance of the VOTF.
  • July 15, 2011 - Justin William Durbin was arrested on Trousdale Road in Sulphur after at least two high-speed chases and a multi-jurisdictional manhunt.  Durbin was Wanted by the following agencies: Pima County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, Baton Rouge PD, Mt. Pleasant PD / South Carolina, Collier County Sheriff’s Office / Naples, Florida, Lafayette PD, Virginia Beach PD, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office / Pensacola, Florida, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office / Noblesville, Indiana, and Prince Georges County Sheriff’s Office / Maryland.  The charges range from Probation Violation, Grand Theft Auto, Larceny, Burglary, and Fraud.
  • July 13, 2011 - Ronny (or Ronnie) Stutes was arrested this afternoon just before 1:00 p.m. outside a restaurant in Lafayette by the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF). Stutes was Wanted by the Ft. Wright Police Department in Kentucky for a bank robbery (2nd Degree Robbery) that occurred on June 15, 2011. Also, Stutes was running from a Parole Violation in Kentucky.
  • July 08, 2011 - Patrick George was arrested last night in Valdosta, Georgia by the U.S. Marshals in Albany with critical assistance from the Narcotics section of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. George was arrested pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statute 14:130, Obstruction of Justice. George is a suspect in the homicide investigation that was initiated after Cory Nicholas Sonnier was found murdered in Lake Martin on June 24, 2011.
  • July 05, 2011 - Major Adam Benoit was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force with critical assistance from the Louisiana State Police, Intelligence Division at a Lake Charles area Casino at about 12:45 a.m. Saturday. Benoit was arrested on a provisional arrest warrant seeking his extradition from the United States to Costa Rica. The warrant was signed in the Western District of Louisiana on charges stemming from a June 2, 2010, armed robbery that allegedly occurred in Heredia, Costa Rica.
  • April 28, 2011 - Kevin Lee Sam was arrested inside an apartment located Lafayette, LA. Sam is Wanted by the Sunset Police Department and St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office for 1st Degree Murder. The murder occurred on March 27th; in early April St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF).
  • January 16, 2011 - Yesterday afternoon U.S. Marshals from Houston with assistance from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office patrol arrested twenty-three year old Napoleon Lopez in Conroe, Texas.  Lopez was Wanted by the Lafayette Police Department for Aggravated Rape.  In December, Lopez allegedly raped a fifteen year old girl.
  • December 14, 2010 - Demetrick Taylor was arrested this afternoon in Jennings by members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender’s Task Force (VOTF) from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. Further, critical assistance was provided by the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office. Taylor was Wanted by the Baton Rouge Police Department for two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, Simple Robbery, and Simple Battery.
  • October 14, 2010 - The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force with critical assistance from the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Damien Jackson. Jackson is being charged by St. Martin Parish authorities for Aggravated Flight from an Officer and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. Jackson also faces charges with Lafayette Parish for Failure to Appear on a Cocaine Charge and Failure to Appear on a Flight from an Officer Charge.
  • October 01, 2010 -  Twenty-eight year old Jamal James Carmouche was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force with critical assistance from the Abbeville Police Department. Carmouche was Wanted by the Lafayette Police Department for a murder that occurred during the early morning hours of September 18th where the victim, Marcus Despaine sustained gunshot wounds.
  • September 24, 2010 - Norman Stark was arrested on the Beach in High Island, TX (Galveston County) while sleeping in his girlfriend’s truck. Stark was Wanted by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and by Louisiana Probation and Parole for Probation Violation.
  • July 02, 2010 - The U.S. Marshals are seeking information as to the location of twenty-eight year old Michael Blasingame.  Blasingame fled the United States with his three year old son, Eitan sometime after March 18, 2008.  Blasingame is charged federally in the Eastern District of Texas with International Parental Kidnapping and Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. Blasingame is also wanted by the State of Texas in Collin County for Interference with a Child Custody Order.
  • June 23, 2010 - Trenton Roberts of New Iberia was arrested in New Iberia, LA. Roberts was Wanted by the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and by Louisiana Probation and Parole for Probation Violation (Original Offense: Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile). Roberts Probation Warrant was dated July 8, 2008 and the search for him heated up when Roberts got away from officers and U.S. Marshals on Thursday, June 10th after he dove out of a window.
  • April 13, 2010 - On Tuesday March 30th at approximately 1:40 a.m., three inmates Quentin M. Truehill, Kentrell F. Johnson, and Peter M. Hughes escaped from the Avoyelles Parish Jail in Marksville, Louisiana. The inmates escaped after they armed themselves with a make shift knife and held it to the throat of a Correctional Officer (CO) and forced him to open the door.  The US Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force in Miami along with the Miami Dade Police Department ultimately located and arrested all three escapees.  Two were arrested as they were leaving the Budget Inn located in Miami. The third escapee was apprehended by Task Force Officers a few blocks away. 
  • March 31, 2010 - On March 29, 2010, Quentin M. Truehill, Kentrell F. Johnson, and Peter M. Hughes escaped from the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office D.C. #1 in Louisiana.  The inmates escaped after putting a Correctional Officer (CO) at knifepoint and forcing him to open the door. If you have information as to the location of any of these dangerous offenders, please call the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 452-2076 or the U.S. Marshals in Lafayette, LA at (337) 262-6792.  Your identity can remain anonymous.
  • March 24, 2010 - Members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette alongside Deputies with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested thirty-nine year old William Martin from Johnson City, Tennessee. Martin was Wanted by the Kingsport, TN Police Department for Aggravated Sexual Battery, as he allegedly assaulted a female juvenile under the age of twelve.
  • March 17, 2010 - The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force with vital assistance from the Opelousas Police Department arrested forty-six year old Gabriel Lewis at 812 Ballard Lane, Opelousas, LA. After an extensive search of the residence, Lewis was found hiding in the attic and was ultimately arrested without incident. Lewis was Wanted by King County, Washington for First Degree Robbery.
  • February 25, 2010 - The Abbeville Police Department and U.S. Marshals are pleased to announce the arrest of Jamaal Diggs. Diggs was Wanted by the Abbeville Police Department for Second Degree Murder and Louisiana Probation and Parole for Probation Violation. 
  • January 23, 2010 - Forty-One year old Regis Reymon Madison was arrested by U.S. Marshals and others at the Holy Family Apartment Complex in Lafayette. Madison was the last known suspect wanted in connection to a Pensacola area Homicide that occurred less than a week ago. Allegedly, Madison and two others were armed with shotguns and pistols, they broke into a mobile home in Santa Rosa County, Florida and opened fire.
  • November 13, 2009 - Twenty-Nine Year Old Ferdinand Nickles was arrested at an Apartment Complex in Decatur, GA (DeKalb County) by the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force (SERTF) in Atlanta. Nickles was being sought for 1st Degree Murder Charges that stemmed from the murder of Ernest Guidry in Vermilion Parish.
  • September 24, 2009 - Forty-Nine Year Old Norman Roberts was arrested by US Marshals with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force in Houston at 4:00 p.m. today. Roberts was Wanted by Louisiana’s Office of Probation and Parole for violating his conditions of parole. Roberts’ Warrant was dated November 8, 2004. Norman Roberts caused a vehicle accident on Hwy. 90 on April 24, 2003 that resulted in two deaths.
  • September 18, 2009 - Forty-six year old Brent Aucoin was arrested in the West Bank area of New Orleans. Aucoin was Wanted by the Lafayette Parish Sheriffs Office for Aggravated Rape, Incest, Aggravated Incest, Molestation of a Juvenile, and Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.
  • August 07, 2009 - One of Acadiana’s Most Wanted, Brian Keith Thomas was arrested in Houma by the Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Office and the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force (GCRT). Thomas was wanted for Escaping from the Avoyelles Parish Jail on Saturday, August 1, 2009. Further, Thomas was awaiting trial in Evangeline Parish for 2nd Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder.
  • August 06, 2009 - Twenty-Six year old Anthony Thomas was arrested today by Sebastian County, Arkansas (Ft. Smith). Thomas was wanted by U.S. Marshals in Lafayette for violating his bond. Thomas was originally arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for Possession of Child Pornography.
  • July 29, 2009 - Thirty-two year old Arthur Johnson was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette with assistance from the Opelousas Police Department. Johnson, along with Lester Jones, escaped from the Orleans Parish Prison sometime during the evening of July 21, 2009.
  • July 23, 2009 - Brady Cormier was arrested today by U.S. Marshals, Avoyelles Parish Sheriffs Deputies, Louisiana State Police, and others in Marksville, LA. Cormier was wanted by Acadia Parish, St. Landry Parish, Scott PD, and Louisiana Parole and Probation for Burglary related charges and a Parole Violation. Further, Cormier may be facing Burglary related charges in Gueydan.
  • July 16, 2009 - Twenty-three year old Arturo Vasquez was arrested this morning by U.S. Marshals in the Harris County Courthouse in Houston, TX. Vasquez was wanted for allegedly stealing (by way of credit card fraud) eight-thousand dollars worth of merchandise from Home Depot in Lafayette; four-thousand dollars from Home Depot in Broussard; and four-thousand dollars from Home Depot in Alexandria. Vasquez is also under investigation for similar crimes in other cities in Louisiana to include Lake Charles and Monroe.
  • July 15, 2009 - The Western District of Louisiana’s Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette arrested thirty-seven year old Jack Copeland in Lafayette. Copeland was Wanted in Shelby County Alabama for 2nd Degree Sodomy and 2nd Degree Rape. Further, Coleman has outstanding warrants in Bay County, Florida for Possession of Controlled Substance (Felony) and two counts of Domestic Battery (Felony).
  • July 01, 2009 - On June 30th members of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force in Houston arrested sixty year old James Francis at the Best Classic Suites in North Houston. Francis was Wanted by the Lafayette Police Department for 2nd Degree Murder.
  • June 29, 2009 - Deputy U.S. Marshals in Houston arrested Cornelius Kelly at a Department Store located inside a shopping mall.  Kelly was Wanted for multiple drug related charges in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana as well as Beaumont, Texas.  Further, Kelly had recently appeared for trial in one of his drug cases in St. Mary Parish and requested a continuance.  When the judge denied the continuance, Kelly never returned.
  • June 26, 2009 - On June 25th U.S. Marshals arrested twenty-five-year-old Jose Santos in Miami nearly one week after Santos allegedly kidnapped his fifteen-year-old girlfriend. St. Mary filed charges against Santos on Tuesday, June 23rd for Aggravated Kidnapping.
  • June 17, 2009 - Twenty-One year old Jacolby Westley from Jeanerette was arrested yesterday evening by the U.S. Marshals in Sacramento, CA. Westley was Wanted by St. Mary Parish for a numerous charges including: Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Battery, and Illegal Discharging of a Firearm. Further, Iberia Parish has an active Warrant against Westley for Armed Robbery with a Firearm.

 
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