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For Immediate Release

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May 13, 2009 Matt Hershey, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Public Affairs Officer (602) 920-4841
U.S. Marshals Arrest Level III Sex Offender in Mesa
Mesa, AZ - Yesterday afternoon Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers from the U.S. Marshals led-Child Predator Apprehension Team (CPAT) arrested Christopher Lyons, 46, in the area of Country Club and Juanita Ave in Mesa. Lyons was wanted by the Arizona Department of Corrections for violating the conditions of his parole, after having been convicted of failing to register as a Sex Offender.

Lyons, a level III sex offender, was originally convicted in 1997 in Colorado for Sexual Assault on a Child. For that offense Lyons was sentenced to serve six years in prison. Lyons was subsequently convicted in Arizona for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender and was sentenced to serve 3 years.

Earlier this week Lyons absconded from a men’s shelter in Mesa and his whereabouts was unknown, until yesterday afternoon. Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers with the U.S. Marshals led-CPAT located Lyons as he boarded a bus in Chandler. After a brief surveillance Lyons was arrested as he exited the bus in Mesa. In addition to going back to prison for violating the conditions of his parole, Lyons may also face additional charges of again Failing to Register as a Sex Offender.

United States Marshal David Gonzales praised the work of Deputies and law enforcement officers adding, “The United States Marshals Service places a high priority on capturing predators like Christopher Lyons. We will continue to make our community safer by using every available resource to get them off the streets.”

The full-time federal, state, and local agencies that comprise the Arizona WANTED include: U.S. Marshals Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Arizona Department of Public Safety; Maricopa County Sheriffs Office; Maricopa County Adult Probation Office; Chandler Police Department; Tempe Police Department; Mesa Police Department; Surprise Police Department; El Mirage Police Department and several part-time state and local law enforcement agencies.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined. For more information on other USMS Top 15 fugitives and USMS Major Cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov.