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For Immediate Release

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May 06, 2010 Amanda Lyons, Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer
District of South Carolina (803) 765-5479
U.S. Marshals Arrest Maine Arson Suspect

Greenville, SC – On May 5th, 2010 Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers arrested Raymond Bellavance, Jr. at a construction worksite on Moore Duncan Highway in Moore, SC. Bellavance was wanted for allegedly setting fire to the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, ME.

On May 3rd, 2010 the Southern Maine Violent Crimes Task Force requested assistance from South Carolina’s Operation Intercept Task Force to assist in the apprehension of Bellavance. Information provided showed Bellavance may have been hiding out in rural South Carolina. Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers developed information leading them to a tent in a wooded area in Chesnee, SC. It was determined Bellavance had been residing in the tent and was working construction.

Further investigation revealed Bellavance was working on the roof of the “Midway Boarding Home” on Moore Duncan Highway. Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers surrounded the worksite where Bellavance was taken into custody without incident. Bellavance was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center pending extradition back to Maine. US Marshal Kelvin Washington stated “We are pleased to assist other Marshal Offices and will continue to serve the community, now Mr. Bellavance will be returned to Maine to face his pending charges,”

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2009, the Marshals arrested more than 36,400 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants. Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 90,800 state and local fugitives, clearing 117,000 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period. More information about the Marshals and other South Carolina fugitives can be found on the web at www.usmarshals.gov.