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For Immediate Release

November 12, 2009 Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force - Pensacola
Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer (850) 554-6602
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Marshals Task Force Captures Louisiana Prison Escapees in Pensacola

Pensacola, FL - The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force caught up with two Louisiana men who escaped from a jail in New Orleans late in October. On October 23 at about 1 a.m., Bryan Dunbar, 35, and Alex Lee, 30 had escaped from a temporary jail facility from Orleans Parish after climbing a fence and escaping on foot. Late last week the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coat Regional Fugitive Task Force in New Orleans contacted the Pensacola Task Force after their investigation led them to believe that the two fugitives were possibly in Pensacola. The Marshals in Pensacola immediately began to conduct surveillance around the clock based on the information provided to them. The area that the escapes were supposed to be in was near to the T & W Flea Market. At round noon today, Marshals from both Pensacola and New Orleans, along with Task Force Investigators from Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties Sheriff’s Office and FDLE surrounded a house on the 2200 Block of West Avery Street and located Dunbar and Lee inside the house. Lee was immediately apprehended and Dunbar was found hiding in a bathroom.

Ross Hebert, a newly appointed Supervisory Inspector to the Pensacola Regional Fugitive Task Force said that, “This type of case is exactly one of the reasons why the U.S. Marshals have formed these task forces. This capture shows how well and how fast these dangerous criminals can be caught when all law enforcement agencies work together.”

According to The Sheriff’s Office in New Orleans, Dunbar faces a life sentence if convicted on the escape. Lee faces up to 5 years in prison.

Both Dunbar and Lee were transported to the Escambia County Jail and are awaiting extradition to Louisiana.

Also arrested by the Marshals Task Force was 20 year old Cornelius Robinson of 2217 West Avery Street. Robinson was charged with a 3rd degree felony of Harboring, Concealing or Aiding, an Escaped Prisoner and Obstruction of Justice a misdemeanor. Robison was also booked in Escambia County Jail. 

The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Pensacola is made up of officers from the U.S. Marshals Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton County Sheriff’s Offices, Milton, Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach, Niceville and DeFuniak Springs Police Departments, State Attorney’s Office, the Office of Attorney General and the 1st Special Operations Security Force at Hurlburt Field.