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U.S. Marshals Service

Middle District of Louisiana

District News     

  • September 29, 2010 - Investigators from the U.S. Marshals led Middle Louisiana Fugitive Task Force arrested Juan Reza Ortiz in Baton Rouge. Ortiz was wanted by authorities in Austin, Texas in connection with a brutal murder that occurred in August of 2000. Austin investigators allege Ortiz engaged in an altercation with a female at an Austin apartment complex. During the attack, Ortiz used a 2x6 piece of wood to beat the woman in the head and body. The victim died as a result of her injuries. Witnesses observed Ortiz flee the scene immediately after the attack and he had not been seen since.
  • March 23, 2010 - Middle Louisiana Fugitive Task Force (MLFTF) investigators arrested fugitives Lawrence Crandle and Brandon Payton. Both fugitives were wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for multiple counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute 5 grams or more of crack cocaine. Crandle was also wanted for being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
  • October 29, 2009 - Nearly 400 registered sex offenders got a surprise visit from a task force of over 20 agents from 10 area law enforcement agencies last month. The operation, dubbed “Knock-Knock”, was led by the U.S. Marshals Service with the intent of verifying the addresses provided by convicted sex offenders during their initial or annual registration. Louisiana law requires convicted sex offenders to register with local law enforcement where they reside and work. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice