Greenville, SC – On May 5th, 2010 Deputy
U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers arrested Raymond Bellavance, Jr. at a
construction worksite on Moore Duncan Highway in Moore, SC. Bellavance was
wanted for allegedly setting fire to the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop
in Vassalboro, ME.
On May 3rd, 2010 the Southern Maine Violent Crimes Task Force requested
assistance from South Carolina’s Operation Intercept Task Force to assist in
the apprehension of Bellavance. Information provided showed Bellavance may
have been hiding out in rural South Carolina. Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task
Force Officers developed information leading them to a tent in a wooded area
in Chesnee, SC. It was determined Bellavance had been residing in the tent
and was working construction.
Further investigation revealed Bellavance was working on the roof of the
“Midway Boarding Home” on Moore Duncan Highway. Deputy U.S. Marshals and
Task Force Officers surrounded the worksite where Bellavance was taken into
custody without incident. Bellavance was booked into the Spartanburg County
Detention Center pending extradition back to Maine. US Marshal Kelvin
Washington stated “We are pleased to assist other Marshal Offices and will
continue to serve the community, now Mr. Bellavance will be returned to
Maine to face his pending charges,”
Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s
oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2009, the Marshals arrested
more than 36,400 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants.
Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept
arrested 90,800 state and local fugitives, clearing 117,000 felony warrants.
Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives
during that same period. More information about the Marshals and other South
Carolina fugitives can be found on the web at