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For Immediate Release

April 26, 2017 Christopher Leuer, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Virginia/Norfolk Division (757) 963-5998;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Robbery Suspect Should Look Before He Leaps
Norfolk, VA - As Norfolk robbery suspect Lasrenzo Schmidt, 24, saw Marshals and Norfolk fugitive investigators coming to his front door in Newport News this morning, he thought he could get away by jumping off the second-story deck in back. Instead of hitting the ground running, Schmidt crash-landed just feet away from Marshals and Norfolk officers waiting below.

On January 16, 2017, Norfolk police responded to a robbery at the Metro PCS store located at 509 N. Military Highway. On March 14, arrest warrants were issued charging Schmidt with conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, possession of firearm by convicted felon, and use of firearm in commission of a felony in relation to the robbery. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was asked for assistance in locating and arresting Schmidt.

The six-week investigation into Schmidt’s whereabouts came to a conclusion this morning at a residence in the 700 block of Adams Drive in Newport News. As Marshals and the Norfolk Fugitive Unit approached the apartment Schmidt was believed to be hiding out at around 9:15 am, task force members positioned out back heard the rear sliding glass door open. Moments later Schmidt jumped off the second-story deck, nearly landing on a Deputy Marshal. Schmidt was quickly taken into custody after he crash-landed from his jump.

Schmidt will be held at the Norfolk City Jail. The U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, Newport News Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Norfolk Police Department. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding federal and state warrants.

The U.S. Marshals Service, America’s first federal law enforcement agency, arrested more than 25,000 federal fugitives, 63,000 state and local fugitives and 11,000 sex offenders in 2016. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country. For more information on the U.S. Marshals, please visit our website.

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