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For Immediate Release

March 21, 2013 Deputy Tim Merrell, Eastern District of California (559) 487-5559
Arrest of Escaped Fugitive

Fresno, CA - U.S. Marshal Albert Najera, of the Eastern District of California, announced today that the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) arrested 33 year old Thanousone Volarat. Volarat was wanted by the United States Marshals Service for Escape.

On 2/25/2013 Volarat escaped from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office custody while receiving medical attention at the Fresno Community Home Infusion Center. Volarat’s escape was well planned and executed with the assistance of several conspirators. Volarat was able to flee the Fresno area soon after his escape, but the Marshals Service with help from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office were able to track Volarat to the Southern California area. On 3/20/2013, investigation revealed that Volarat was staying at a Garden Grove home. Task Force Officers and Deputies from the PSWRFTF began surveillance and at approximately 9:30pm entered the home where Volarat was hiding. Volarat was well hidden in a clothes hamper and he attempted to forcibly escape once again but he was ultimately taken into custody. Volarat has been in custody since 2011 awaiting trial on federal drug charges additional escape charges are forthcoming.

The Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force is a U.S. Marshals-sponsored partnership comprised of investigators from federal, state, and local agencies. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. More fugitives are arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined. In 2010 investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals Service resulted in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives and more than 81,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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