New Orleans, LA – The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) New Orleans
Task Force (USMS Eastern District of Louisiana) sponsored its annual
Operation Boo Dat 2020 from October 19 to December 11, 2020. The
partnership between Crimestoppers Greater New Orleans (GNO), New Orleans
Police Department (NOPD), Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO),
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO), Louisiana State Police (LSP),
and USMS resulted in 32 arrests with 22 of the arrests being for felony
sex offender registration violations. 4 missing/endangered children were
also recovered during the operation.
Crimestoppers GNO tips were
critical to several of the arrests during the operation and
Crimestoppers GNO ran a photo spread of over twenty wanted sex offender,
child abuse, or open sex offense fugitives with a reward offered for
information leading to an arrest.
Highlights of Operation Boo Dat
The recoveries of 4 missing/endangered
children with one being a 16-year-old female NOPD runaway who left
an uptown New Orleans juvenile facility with two other teens. The
16-year-old was recovered in Metairie, LA and two adult males were
arrested for sex-based offenses during the recovery. In a separate
case a two-year-old child who was the victim of a parental abduction
in Johnson County, Kansas in Oct. was recovered in Metairie and her
mother was also located and arrested.
The arrest of Anfernee Devante Steele wanted
on an NOPD warrant related to the alleged October beating death by
Steele of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter in a New Orleans
hotel room. Steele was arrested in Houma, LA with critical support
from an Operation Boo Dat Crimestoppers GNO tip. The death of the
child and Steele’s fugitive status were featured on national news
The arrest of Malcom J. Richards on an August
2020 NOPD felony warrant alleging that Richards put a 2-year-old
male child in the hospital with serious medical issues as a result
of child abuse. Richards, who is currently on LA Parole for a Home
Invasion conviction, was observed in the Little Woods area of New
Orleans by the USMS NOLA Task Force. When USMS and NOPD attempted an
arrest, Richards fled from law enforcement across a canal into a New
Orleans East neighborhood causing a large manhunt to ensue. Richards
was finally located hiding under a shed and refused to surrender
resulting in the deployment of a K-9 officer.
The arrest of Tier 3 Sex Offender Clayton
Stonecypher in the 1800 block of Pauline Street New Orleans on an
NOPD Failure to Register warrant and a LA Parole Violations warrant
based on a felony DWI conviction. Stonecypher, whose original
conviction was for Attempted Rape, fled out a side window of a
residence during the attempted arrest and was later captured. A
Crimestoppers GNO tip from Operation Boo Dat assisted with the
The arrest of Tier 3 Sex Offender Clarence
Lee Payne Sr. at a business in Harahan, LA. Payne had been wanted by
JPSO since August of 2019, for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
and was aware that the USMS was looking for him. His original
conviction involved Sexual Battery on a child.
The arrest of James E. Muse Jr. on an NOPD
warrant related to the Aggravated Battery of a teen with a cigarette
lighter and Simple Robbery. Muse is currently on LA Parole related
to a felony conviction for Enticing Persons Under 17 into
During Operation Boo Dat over 100 sex offender
compliance checks were attempted or completed in Orleans and Jefferson
Parishes. Sex Offender compliance checks require law enforcement
officers to go to the sex offender’s reported address of residence to
verify that the person still lives at the provided address. Often times
countless hours of follow up investigative work are required during and
after a compliance check.
Via the USMS Sex Offender
Investigations Branch (SOIB) funding was provided to pay for state and
local overtime work done during the operation related to both
enforcement and compliance checks.
Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. Marshal Scott Illing stated, “the work done during this partnership
was impressive and was accomplished during a time period that the New
Orleans metro area had to deal with continuing COVID-19 issues and
Hurricane Zeta yet the work still got done. I would like to thank
Crimestoppers GNO for their continuing efforts in making our community
safe and thank all of our law enforcement partners for their support.
Teamwork is critical in fighting violent crime across the country”.
U.S. Marshals New Orleans Task Force is currently committed to
looking for fugitive sex offender Kevin Murray Morales (AKA: Kevin David
Smith or Michael Morales, white male, 47 years of age, 5’07” 180 lbs.).
Morales is still wanted by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office on a
March 2020 felony warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Records indicate that the victim of his original sex-based conviction
was a child. There are also other fugitives on the Crimestoppers GNO
Operation Boo Dat photo spread that the USMS is committed to locating
Any information can be provided to the U.S.
Marshals Service at (504) 589-6872 or via email at
Crimestoppers GNO may also be contacted with tips at (504) 822-1111.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
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