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For Immediate Release

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July 31, 2009 W/TX Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Hector Gomez, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
(512) 916-5393
Fugitive Task Force Finds, Arrests Dallas Murder Suspect in Florence

LSFTF LogoAustin, TX – Arturo Casas, 29, of Irving, Texas was arrested last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. in the Williamson County community of Florence by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. Casas was sought by the Dallas Police Department for his involvement as the alleged shooter in last week’s homicide in Dallas where Casas was seen fleeing from the scene after the victim was shot and killed with a handgun. After the shooting, Casas fled the Dallas area. The Dallas/Ft. Worth Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team quickly developed information indicating Casas fled to the central Texas area. The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force quickly picked up the trail and established surveillance in the 500 block of Story Street in Florence throughout the afternoon in an effort to identify and locate Casas.

Surveillance teams were able to identify Casas and surround the home. Casas eventually came out of the house after a period of hesitation. A firearm was subsequently recovered at the home. It is unknown if this weapon was used in the Dallas homicide.

Casas was remanded to the custody of the Williamson County Detention Center pending his return to Dallas County. Task Force members participating in last nights arrest were the Austin Police Department, Intelligence Unit, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Constable’s Office – Pct. 2, Florence Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.

LaFayette Collins, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas states, “The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is committed with our law enforcement partners to seek out and rid our communities of dangerous fugitives.”

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