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.