For Immediate Release
|November 14, 2018||
Derryl Spencer, Supervisory Deputy U.S.
Marshal (801) 323-2503 Matthew D. Harris, U.S. Marshal (801) 323-2501;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
|U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team Nets its 725th Arrest Across Utah|
Salt Lake City, UT
– Today, U.S. Marshal
Matthew D. Harris announced that the United States Marshals Service
(USMS) Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team (VFAST) arrested its
record-breaking 725th fugitive across Utah in 2018. The 725th fugitive
arrested was Cody Lynn Parris (24) wanted for placing a hoax explosive
device outside an elementary school in Kearns in 2016. Parris was
arrested in Salt Lake City after a foot pursuit that resulted in the
arresting officer breaking his leg.
Deputy US Marshals and state and local law enforcement have netted over 700 arrests in 2018, apprehending the most violent criminals who had evaded justice. Fugitives have been captured from Nevada to the Idaho border, including in more than half of Utah’s 29 counties. Of the 725 arrests, 95 percent of those apprehended have a violent criminal past including homicide, rape, armed robbery and assault and over 2/3 of those apprehended were arrested on state and local warrants.
The successes of VFAST are a direct result of Utah’s strong law enforcement partnerships.
“These deputies and task force members are dedicated public servants and mothers and fathers in our communities. Many give up traditional home lives, missing family dinners, girls’ soccer games, boy’s baseball games, and many other family activities to ensure our communities are safe. While this work can place additional stressors on the family, these men and women are steadfastness and determined to keep our communities and their hometowns safe from the most violent among us. Their dedication is the primary factor in why crime is down in Utah.” said U.S. Marshal Matthew D. Harris.
If you are a fugitive from justice, hiding in an attic, in the desert, on a campground, in the mountains on a reservation or anywhere in this state the Marshal Service and our VFAST partners will find you.
The United States Marshal Service worked jointly in these investigations with officers from our VFAST Task Force. Federal partners included Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
VFAST is a USMS multi-agency task force, led by Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Derryl
Spencer, dedicated primarily to the apprehension of dangerous federal, state and local fugitives. Over 90 officers statewide have been deputized as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals. VFAST partners include:
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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