Lafayette, LA – At approximately 4:30
p.m. members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette alongside
Deputies with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested thirty-nine
year old William Martin from Johnson City, Tennessee. Martin was Wanted by
the Kingsport, TN Police Department for Aggravated Sexual Battery, as he
allegedly assaulted a female juvenile under the age of twelve.
A little after 2:00 p.m. today, the US Marshals Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task
Force in Greeneville, TN contacted US Marshals in Lafayette and explained
that they had information that Martin was in Ville Platte selling tools from
a large yellow and white striped tent. The US Marshals Task Force dispatched
three Task Force Officers who worked with Evangeline Parish to locate and
arrest Martin. Also, Evangeline Parish deputies arrested Connie McNeeley for
Interfering and Disturbing the Peace as she allegedly interfered with the
arrest of Martin. The two were arrested near the Wal-Mart in Ville Platte.
The two subjects were booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail.
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,
St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana Probation and Parole.
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. US Marshals Task Forces throughout the United
States arrested more than 73,000 state and local fugitives on felony
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at