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For Immediate Release

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March 17, 2010 Corey Britt, Deputy U.S. Marshal (337) 262-6792
Seattle Fugitive Nabbed in Opelousas

Lafayette, LA – This morning the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force with vital assistance from the Opelousas Police Department arrested forty-six year old Gabriel Lewis at 812 Ballard Lane, Opelousas, LA. After an extensive search of the residence, Lewis was found hiding in the attic and was ultimately arrested without incident. Lewis was Wanted by King County, Washington for First Degree Robbery. Further, the Opelousas Police Department arrested Byron Lewis, his brother for crimes related to “aiding and abetting.”

On February 2, 2009 the Seattle Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Seattle. Task Force Officers were able to develop information that Lewis fled to Opelousas, LA and on March 11th they contacted the U.S. Marshals Task Force in Lafayette. Task Force Officers in Lafayette with assistance from the Opelousas Police Department were able to determine that Lewis was staying with his brother at 812 Ballard Lane. This morning, that information proved to be correct and Lewis was arrested.

Tommy Hancock, 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.”

The Western District of Louisiana’s Fugitive Task Force (WDLA) in Lafayette is a team comprised of full-time law enforcement officers from the Lafayette City Marshals, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, and St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. Further, WDLA calls upon part-time TFO’s throughout its eight parish area. In 2009 WDLA in Lafayette closed approximately 600 Warrants, most of which were violent felony offenses. U.S. Marshals Task Forces throughout the United States arrested more than 73,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service, visit http://www.usmarshals.gov.