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For Immediate Release

October 06, 2011 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina
(803) 765-5479
Sweet Dreams are over for a North Carolina Sex Offender

Columbia, SC - Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension task force arrested Laquane Barry Curry before sunrise this morning. Curry is wanted by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department in Fayetteville, NC for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and by the NC Department of Community Corrections for five outstanding Probation Violation Warrants stemming from Sexual Battery and Assault charges. Curry is also facing a Fugitive from Justice Warrant issued today by the City of Columbia Police. Warrants for the alleged offenses in North Carolina were issued in June and the U.S. Marshals Eastern North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force (VFTF) was contacted in July for their assistance to locate and apprehend Curry.

On Wednesday, VFTF contacted OPIN and requested their assistance in locating and arresting Curry. OPIN developed information leading them to believe Curry may have taken refuge in an apartment complex off of Forest Drive in Columbia. OPIN Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers from Columbia Police, Lexington, Richland and Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Departments, and the City of Columbia Housing Authority Police located and arrested Curry while he slept in an upstairs bedroom in a local apartment near Benedict College. Curry was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center where he is awaiting extradition proceedings.

“Sex offenders seeking respite in South Carolina will not be tolerated. OPIN will seek to bring each of these wanted fugitives to justice. Sexual predators prey on the innocent in our communities; it is our goal to protect the citizens we serve. Our cohesive relationship with our peers in the law enforcement community is what enables us to bring these criminals to face their alleged charges.” stated Kelvin Washington, US Marshal for the District of South Carolina.

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2010, the Marshals arrested more than 36,100 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 11,072 sex offenders. Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 81,900 state and local fugitives, clearing 108,200 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period.

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