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April 30, 2013 DUSM Martin Gomez Southern District of Texas (956) 683-2400
Wanted Fugitive Arrested in McAllen, TX

McAllen, TX – A fugitive wanted on several outstanding warrants was arrested by the United States Marshals Service-multi agency led Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force (GCVOFTF) on April 30, 2013.

Noe Lopez, 36, was wanted by the San Juan Police Department for the offense of Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Evading Arrest with a Vehicle. It is alleged that on April 21, 2013, Lopez brandished a handgun at a hotel clerk after he was refused service. As San Juan Police officers arrived at the scene, Lopez led officers on a high speed pursuit in the city of San Juan, Texas. Lopez was driving a white Mercedes Benz C230 when he managed to elude police during the chase. Lopez was encountered the following day again by San Juan Police but the chase was discontinued due to the safety of the public. Lopez went into hiding when he learned that warrants for his arrest had been issued by the San Juan Police Department. Assistance was requested from the U.S. Marshals Service, McAllen, Texas.

On April 30, 2013, San Juan Police investigators in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service GCVOFTF developed information that Lopez was seen at a shopping center located near the area of North 10th Street and Trenton in McAllen, Texas. Members of the GCVOFTF located the vehicle that Lopez was driving at the Kohl’s parking lot on North 10th Street. During surveillance members of the GCVOFTF observed Lopez walking in the parking lot towards his vehicle. Lopez attempted to flee after he visually encountered members of the GCVOFTF waiting for him. Lopez was ultimately arrested in the parking lot. He is currently being held at the San Juan Police Department pending the outcome of his case.

“Today’s arrest is a result of the investigative dedication of every agency involved in this process. Noe Lopez learned today what many fugitives before him learned, we never give up, and we never stop”. Elizabeth Saenz U.S. Marshal.

The GCVOFTF is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, Starr County Sheriff’s Office, McAllen P.D., Mission P.D. San Juan P.D., Weslaco P.D., TDCJ Office of Inspector General, Texas Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms and Homeland Security Investigations DHS/ICE/ERO.

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

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