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For Immediate Release

Contact:
May 28, 2010 Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Task Force Faster than Lightning - Capture Armed Robbery Suspect after Pursuit
Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested an Armed Robbery suspect wanted out of California after a foot pursuit across Highway 29 in Pensacola. Larry Lightning, 30, is wanted in San Diego on a warrant that alleges he was the gunman in a 2007 robbery of a movie complex. Lightning, was already out of jail in California on $300,000 bail because of a serious domestic violence case involving a handgun. The new warrant which has a $1,000,000 bond on it was issued two weeks ago. The Task Force had been working this case around the clock since Wednesday after learning that Lightning was bouncing back and forth from hotels and motels in Pensacola. This morning, they followed a lead that he was staying at the Ramada Inn in ‘Car City’ located in the Wedgewood area. Once it was confirmed he was there they set up surveillance and about 8:30 a.m. investigators spotted Lightning walk over to the McDonalds Restaurant across the highway from the motel. When Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers from Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Pensacola Police Department attempted to approach Lightning he bolted back across the highway running through traffic while the officers pursued.

“It all came down to speed,” said Dominic Guadagnoli Task Force spokesman. “He was pretty fast – but our Task Force Officers were faster.”

It was two Pensacola Police Department Task Officers that caught up to Lightning, who immediately started to fight them. Lightning was eventually subdued and brought to the Escambia County Jail. Lightning also faces charges with Resisting Arrest with Violence, a felony, and two misdemeanors, Violation of a Domestic Violence Order and Possession of Marijuana as a result of the arrest. Investigators recovered approximately $6,500 in one hundred dollar bills that was also in his possession. After facing the local charges he will be held until he is extradited back to California.

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