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For Immediate Release

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January 16, 2011 Corey Britt, Deputy US Marshal (337) 262-6792
Alleged Child Rapist Arrested in Texas

Lafayette, LA – Yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m. US Marshals from Houston with assistance from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office patrol arrested twenty-three year old Napoleon Lopez in Conroe, Texas.  Lopez was Wanted by the Lafayette Police Department for Aggravated Rape.  In December, Lopez allegedly raped a fifteen year old girl.  After the incident, Detectives with the Lafayette Police Department (LPD) were unable to locate Lopez; on January 14th LPD Detectives secured an Arrest Warrant against Lopez and requested the assistance of the US Marshals Violent Offender’s Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette.

The day the Warrant was signed (Friday), VOTF members in Lafayette developed credible information that Lopez was hiding in Conroe, Texas.  Yesterday morning (Saturday), VOTF members in Lafayette contacted the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force (GCVO) in Houston requesting TFOs to follow-up on the leads in Conroe.  GCVO Task Force Officers in Houston immediately responded to the leads developed; within a few hours they had Lopez identified through surveillance, and shortly thereafter arrested Lopez without incident.  Lopez was booked at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and is awaiting Extradition back to Lafayette.  Further, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed a detainer against Lopez as he is allegedly in the United States illegally.  It should be noted that Lopez was in handcuffs in less than twenty-four hours after the Warrant was signed. 
      
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 Violent Offender’s Task Force (VOTF) 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, Louisiana Probation and Parole, and St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Further, VOTF calls upon part-time TFO’s throughout its eight parish area.  In 2009 VOTF 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.

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