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December 22, 2010 Deputy Frank Conroy, District of South Carolina (843) 297-7136
Accused Bank Robber Arrested in Conway, Slits Wrists Prior to Arrest

Charleston, S.C. – Daniel Luberda, 29, was arrested yesterday by the U.S. Marshals and the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) in the 900 block of 4th Avenue in Conway. Luberda is charged by the Horry County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of bank robbery, stemming out of two separate bank robberies that took place earlier this month in Little River and Conway.

Operation Intercept, the U.S. Marshal led fugitive task force in South Carolina, began working with the 15th Circuit DEU in attempting to locate Luberda in mid-December, shortly after warrants were issued for his arrest. Information was developed that Luberda was living at a residence off of 4th avenue in Conway. When Luberda was confronted by law enforcement, he attempted to commit suicide with a knife he was wielding; however, U.S. Marshals and 15th Circuit DEU members applied pressure to the sustained wounds and contacted Emergency Medical Services to respond and render aid.

Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for South Carolina, stated “In this case, law enforcement officers acted quickly in a precarious situation where an individual clearly did not want to face the charges against him. After taking steps to render aid to Mr. Luberda, he was transported to the J. Rueben Long Detention Center where he will ultimately answer the allegations for which he was arrested.”

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.

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