Lafayette, LA – Thirty-Two year old
Raymond Novak was arrested by members of the US Marshal’s Violent Offender Task
Force a little after 1:30 p.m. today. The arrest occurred near mile marker 72
off I-10 in Acadia Parish. Novak was Wanted by Westmoreland County Sheriff’s
Office in Pennsylvania for Involuntary Deviant Sexual Intercourse. Novak was
scheduled to appear for trial on these charges on Monday, September 26th, but he
failed to appear.
The US Marshals Violent Offender Task Force in Pittsburg, PA developed
information today that suggested Novak was along I-10. The suspect actually
called Task Force Officers in Pittsburg who relayed that information to Task
Force Officers in Lafayette. Novak was booked at the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s
Office and is awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania.
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 Violent Offender Task Force 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,
St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana Probation and Parole. Further,
VOTF calls upon part-time TFO’s throughout its eight parish area. In 2010 VOTF
-- Lafayette closed over 400 Warrants, most of which were violent felony
offenses. US Marshals Task Forces throughout the United States arrested 81,900
state and local fugitives on felony charges.
Additional information about the U.S.
Marshals Service can be found at
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