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For Immediate Release

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September 18, 2009 Corey Britt, Deputy United States Marshal
Lafayette, Louisiana (337) 262-6792
One of Acadiana’s Most Wanted Arrested in New Orleans

WLAFTF LogoLast night at about 7:45 p.m. forty-six year old Brent Aucoin was arrested in the West Bank area of New Orleans. Aucoin was Wanted by the Lafayette Parish Sheriffs Office for Aggravated Rape, Incest, Aggravated Incest, Molestation of a Juvenile, and Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.

On September 14, 2009 the Lafayette Parish Sheriffs Office contacted the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette requesting assistance in locating Aucoin. US Marshals Task Force Officers (TFOs) began working around the clock to locate Aucoin. Early on, information was developed that suggested Aucoin may be in Houston, Brownsville, or Mexico. Those leads were considered, but ended up being unfruitful. Wednesday evening TFOs learned that Aucoin may be in the West Bank area of New Orleans. Task Force officers in Lafayette began working directly with US Marshals Task Force Officers in New Orleans. Last night, that information was confirmed and Aucoin was located behind a gas station in the West Bank area of New Orleans.

The following agencies participated in this extensive fugitive investigation: Lafayette Parish Sheriffs Office (part-time task force officers), Lafayette City Marshals (full-time task force officers), Iberia Parish Sheriffs Office (full-time task force officers), US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Houston, and the US Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force in 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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