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For Immediate Release

September 12, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Corey Britt
Western Louisiana - Lafayette (337) 262-6666
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Nab 3 Attempted Murder Suspects in 3 Days

Lafayette, LA – The U.S. Marshals’ Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette, along with vital assistance from multiple law enforcement agencies, has safely located and arrested three violent fugitives Wanted for Attempted Murder.

On Monday, September 9th Opelousas PD and VOTF arrested twenty-two year old Kendol Payne. Payne was Wanted by the Opelousas Police Department for Attempted 1st Degree Murder and Attempted 2nd Degree Murder. Payne was charged on August 31st and Opelousas requested VOTF’s assistance on September 3rd. Since September 3rd Opelousas PD, St. Landry Parish SO, and VOTF have been following up on multiple tips and interviewing multiple associates. On Monday, September 9th, Payne was located at 165 Pavy Road, Opelousas in a small apartment complex. He was arrested without incident.
On Tuesday, September 10th Abbeville PD and VOTF arrested twenty-three year old Mortimer Cottrell. Cotrell was Wanted by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (Date of Warrant: 7/31/2013). Lafayette Parish requested assistance from VOTF on August 13th. Shortly thereafter, VOTF received intel that Cottrell was in the Mobile, AL area. VOTF requested assistance from Mobile who missed Cottrell by a few hours. We located Cottrell at 211 Southland Drive, Abbeville and arrested him without incident.

On Wednesday, September 11th the Lafayette Marshals Office and VOTF arrested nineteen year old Ladontray Chaisson. Chaisson was wanted by the Lafayette Police Department for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (Date of Warrant: July 27, 2013). Chaisson was identified via surveillance driving a Silver Saturn SUV (rental car). A traffic stop was initiated and Chaisson was arrested on the 100 block of Teurlings Drive, Lafayette.

Henry Whitehorn, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana, said, “The coordinated effort of all law enforcement to bring dangerous criminals to justice ensures that the streets and neighborhoods of Louisiana are a safer place to raise our children.”

The Western District of Louisiana’s Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette is a team comprised of full-time law enforcement officers from the Lafayette Marshals Office, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana Probation and Parole. Further, VOTF calls upon part-time TFO’s throughout its eight parish area. In 2012 VOTF in Lafayette closed nearly 400 Warrants, most of which were violent felony offenses. US Marshals Task Forces throughout the United States arrested more than 86,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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