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Aug 30, 2010 3:21 PM by Melissa Canone

Los Angeles Fugitive Caught in Abbeville

Lafayette, LA - Yesterday morning at approximately 8:30 a.m. The US Marshals Fugitive Task Force from Lafayette and Lake Charles along with vital assistance from the Abbeville Police Department arrested Thirty-Eight Year Old Kent Jamel Wright during a felony traffic stop at the 300 block of South Lyman in Abbeville. Wright was being pursued on Home Invasion Charges from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD); these charges were filed by LAPD in July, 2007.

Thursday of last week the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette received information that Wright was in the Abbeville area. Task Force Officers reached out to LAPD's Foothill Division and spoke to the lead detective on the Wright case. Information was exchanged and it was ultimately learned that Wright did in fact reside in Abbeville. On Sunday morning surveillance was established in the area where Wright was believed to be. He was identified driving a Jeep Cherokee and shortly thereafter he was stopped and arrested without incident.

Tommy Hancock, Chief Deputy 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 Fugitive Task Force (WDLA) in Lafayette is a team comprised of full-time law enforcement officers from the Lafayette City Marshals, Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, Lafayette Police Department, St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, and Louisiana Probation and Parole. Further, WDLA calls upon part-time TFO's throughout its eight parish area. In 2009 WDLA in Lafayette closed approximately 600 Warrants, most of which were violent felony offenses. US Marshals Task Forces throughout the United States arrested more than 73,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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