FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 11, 2003

Contact: Deputy Luis Caballero
(202) 307-9100 or
U.S. Marshals Service, Office of Public Affairs
(202) 307-9065

WANTED RAPIST AND U.S. MARSHALS "15 MOST WANTED FUGITIVE"
APPREHENDED BY CITIZENS

Larry Ray HANNAOne of the nation's "15 Most Wanted" fugitives was apprehended early this morning and detained by three citizens while he allegedly was attempting to steal an auto at an apartment complex near Boone, North Carolina.

Larry Ray Hanna, 36, was wanted in Nicholas County, West Virginia, for the alleged rape of two minor girls. He has a criminal history laced with violent acts and assaults, including assaults on law enforcement officers and government officials, various weapons offenses, larceny, drug possession and probation violation. He has outstanding arrest warrants in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.

A federal warrant was issued for his arrest by the Southern District of West Virginia, and his name had just been added to the U.S. Marshals "Most Wanted" list in October. "I am delighted this violent individual is off the streets and in custody tonight," said Director Benigno G. Reyna of the U.S. Marshals. "I congratulate officials in the City of Boone, who identified this individual." Boone Police Department detectives arrested the suspect as he was being detained by local citizens. The officers reported that he first gave them an alias. However, under questioning later this afternoon, he admitted he was indeed the individual sought by U.S. Marshals, and a fingerprint match was confirmed this evening. He is being held at the Wataugah County Jail in Boone.

In September, Hanna is alleged to have lured two girls into his recreational vehicle where he sexually assaulted them. When a local law enforcement officer located the vehicle and attempted to stop it, Hanna allegedly forcibly ejected both victims from his moving vehicle as he fled the crime scene at a high rate of speed. The officer stopped to render aid to the victims and Hanna escaped. His vehicle was later discovered wrecked and abandoned. In September, the Nicholas County, West Virginia Sheriff's Office asked U.S. Marshal James Dawson, Southern District of West Virginia, for assistance in locating him.

Annually, the U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. Last year U.S. Marshals cleared more than 45,000 warrants on fugitives wanted by state and local law enforcement authorities in addition to over 38,000 Federal fugitive warrants.

For more information on the U.S. Marshals and other major cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov/.