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For Immediate Release

Contact:
January 26, 2009 Mark A. Gunnoe, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Public Affairs Officer (504) 589-3156

New Orleans Crime Spree Ends When Suspect Is Arrested By U.S. Marshals Task Force

On January 26th, 2009, the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) New Orleans office along with the New Orleans Police Department arrested Christopher Cyrus, 23, at the intersection of Ursuline Avenue and North Broad Street in New Orleans, LA. Cyrus was wanted by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) for 3 counts of aggravated burglary, simple burglary of a residence, attempted aggravated rape and a parole violation warrant issued by the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole.

The crime spree began on January 20th, 2009, when New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) detectives allege that Cyrus victimized a female during an attempted aggravated rape in the 2800 block of Maurepas Street. On January 22nd, 2009, NOPD detectives allege that Cyrus committed a burglary in the 2700 block of Bell Street. On January 24th, 2009, NOPD detectives allege that Cyrus committed three aggravated burglaries; the first occurred in the 900 block of Harding Street, the second occurred in the 900 block of Taft Street and the third occurred in the 800 block of Olga Street. On January 25th, 2009, patrol officers with NOPD’s 1st District spotted Cyrus and engaged him in two separate pursuits that ended without his apprehension.

During the initial stages of the investigation the U.S. Marshals Service (GCRFTF) New Orleans office joined in the efforts to apprehend Cyrus. Task Force members closely examined the areas that were associated with Cyrus’s crime spree and eventually developed information that led to his arrest. Task Force members and officers assigned to NOPD’s 1st District discovered Cyrus hiding on the floor in the back seat of a vehicle; he was taken into custody without incident and turned over to the 1st District detective bureau.

Current GCRFTF members include the New Orleans Police Department, the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Probation and Parole and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Other New Orleans metro area law enforcement agencies participating on a case by case basis include the Bogalusa Police Department and the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office. For more information on the U.S. Marshals EDLA GCRFTF go to www.usmarshals.gov/district/la-e/news/index.html