Albuquerque, NM –
Deputies from the U. S. Marshals Service arrested Michael A.
Lyons, 60, in Cuba, NM after a thirty minute armed standoff.
On November 25, 2009, a warrant was issued for Lyons after
he was charged with Criminal Sexual Penetration of a minor.
Lyons has been accused of raping a three year old girl.
Lyons fled the Albuquerque area after being interviewed by
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office investigators regarding
the alleged crime.
The United States Marshal Service developed leads as to the
whereabouts of Lyons and the investigation took Deputies all
over the state of New Mexico. Deputy Marshals along with New
Mexico State Police officers developed leads that Lyons may
be hiding out on a ranch in Cuba, NM. As Deputies approached
the location, Lyons stepped out on the porch, brandished a
firearm, and threatened to kill himself. After thirty
minutes of intense negotiations, Deputies convinced Lyons to
Gorden E. Eden, United States Marshal for the District of
New Mexico, said “The Marshal Service has had an outstanding
relationship with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office for
over seven years and the sheriffs were one of the first
members of our fugitive task force. We have arrested
hundreds of fugitives with the support of the sheriff’s
department.” Lyons was booked into the Metropolitan
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 Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team is a team
comprised of law enforcement officers from New Mexico State
Police; New Mexico Department of Corrections; Dona Ana
County Sheriff’s Office; Las Cruces Police Department;
Albuquerque Police Department; Bernalillo County Sheriff’s
Office; Rio Rancho Police Department; Santa Fe County
Sheriff’s Office; Santa Fe Police Department; and the San
Juan County Sheriff’s Office. The task force objective is to
seek out and arrest all Violent Offenders. Last year, U.S.
Marshals task forces arrested more than 27,000 state and
local fugitives on felony charges.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found
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