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For Immediate Release

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May 21, 2010 Amanda Lyons, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of South Carolina (803) 765-5479
U.S. Marshals Arrest Massachusetts Suspected Sex Offender

Florence, SC – On Wednesday May 19th, 2010 U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept Florence Division and Myrtle Beach Police arrested David V. Sheppard at 802 65th Ave. North Myrtle Beach. Sheppard was wanted for alleged Failure to Register as a Sex Offender out of Brockton District Court in Brockton, MA. Brockton Police developed information leading them to believe Sheppard had fled the area. Upon this development Brockton Police requested assistance from the Boston U.S. Marshals in locating Sheppard. Information obtained led U.S. Marshals to South Carolina where Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Florence division and local law enforcement tracked Sheppard to North Myrtle Beach. Information provided showed Sheppard would be with an acquaintance who lived in the area. Deputy U.S. Marshals and Myrtle Beach Police surrounded the residence and arrested Sheppard without incident.

Sheppard was transported to the Florence county Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond and extradition hearing. U.S. Marshal Kelvin Washington stated “This suspect tried to run, but with the collective efforts of all law enforcement he has been apprehended. He will now be returned to the Boston area 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.