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For Immediate Release

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August 07, 2009 Corey Britt, Deputy United States Marshal
Lafayette, Louisiana (337) 262-6792
Avoyelles Parish Escapee, Brian Keith Thomas was Arrested in Houma

W/LA LogoOne of Acadiana’s Most Wanted, Brian Keith Thomas was arrested this morning 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.

Throughout the week, a joint investigation between a half dozen agencies developed information that Thomas was in the Houma, LA area. Information was developed that suggested Thomas was picked up in Marksville and brought to Houma. U.S. Marshals from New Orleans worked closely and covertly with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Office to locate Thomas and this morning he was taken into custody without incident. The following agencies participated in this investigation: Avoyelles Parish Sheriffs Office, Evangeline Parish Sheriffs Office, Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Office, Iberia Parish Sheriffs Office, Lafayette City Marshals, and US Marshals – Alexandria, Lake Charles, Lafayette, and New Orleans.

The United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana said, “The coordinated effort of all law enforcement to bring dangerous criminals to justice ensures that the streets and neighborhoods of Louisiana are a safer place to raise our children.”

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.

The Western District of Louisiana’s Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from agencies throughout the Western part of Louisiana (Shreveport, Monroe, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Opelousas, and Lafayette). The task force objective is to seek out and arrest federal, state, and local fugitives, mainly those with violent criminal histories to include sex offenders. In 2008, U.S. Marshals task forces arrested more than 73,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.


Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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