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For Immediate Release

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October 14, 2010 Corey Britt, Deputy US Marshal (337) 262-6792
St. Martin Burglar Arrested in Lafayette

Lafayette, LA – The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force with critical assistance from the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested thirty year old Damien Jackson at the 100 block of Cameillia at 2:00 p.m. today. Jackson is being charged by St. Martin Parish authorities for Aggravated Flight from an Officer and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. Also, Jackson faces charges with Lafayette Parish for Failure to Appear on a Cocaine Charge and Failure to Appear on a Flight from an Officer Charge. Further, Jackson’s girlfriend, Monikitia Price was with Jackson during the arrest and she is being charged with Accessory After the Fact for Harboring a Fugitive.

On October 12, 2010 the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force for assistance in locating Jackson. St. Martin authorities believed that Jackson was in the Lafayette area and provided critical intelligence that assisted in locating him. This morning information was received that pointed to a vehicle and a certain apartment. Surveillance was established and Jackson was ultimately arrested after his girlfriend, Monikitia Price was stopped during a traffic stop. During that stop, Jackson, who was laying down in the back seat, ran out of the car and after a brief foot chase he was arrested without further incident.

Henry Whitehorn, 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 can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.