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For Immediate Release

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August 02, 2012 Michael E. Sharboneau, (915) 892-9796
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Affairs Officer
Western District of Texas – El Paso Division
Manhunt Monday Fugitive Captured
Deputy U.S. Marshal Assaulted While Arresting Violent Offender

LSFTF LogoEl Paso, TX – Today Efrain Vengas, 23, of El Paso, Texas was arrested by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF). Venegas was featured on the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department’s Manhunt Monday program on July 30, 2012. Venegas had 6 outstanding warrants for his arrest the most serious being Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Venegas was located and taken into custody in the 1200 block of E. San Antonio in El Paso, Texas this morning. During the arrest Vegengas assaulted a Deputy U.S. Marshal who sustained minor injuries to his face. Venegas is currently being held at the El Paso County Detention Facility with no bond.

On May 26, 2012, the El Paso Police Department responded to a disturbance call in Northeast El Paso. As a result of this call arrest warrants were issued for Venegas for charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon ($30,000 bond), Terroristic Threats ($25,000 bond), 2 counts of Criminal Mischief ($10,000), and Harassment ($15,000 bond). As a result of the May 2012 incident Venegas’ parole was revoke and a parole violation warrant was issued with no bond. Venegas was on parole for Assault on a Public Servant and has an extensive violent criminal history. Photographs and additional background on Venegas are available at http://www.epcounty.com/CS/blogs/sheriff_news/archive/2012/07/29/manhunt-monday-07-30-12-efrain-venegas.aspx.

Robert Almonte, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated “the safety of our task force officers is always our greatest priority. I am thankful that the injuries that the deputy sustained were not very serious and that the streets of El Paso are safer tonight.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force: El Paso Police Department, El Paso Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Border Patrol, Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General, Texas Department of Public Safety, El Paso District Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshals Service.

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

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