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For Immediate Release

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March 24, 2010 Corey Britt, Deputy U.S. Marshal (337) 262-6792
Tennessee Fugitive Nabbed in Ville Platte

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 charges.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.