ATLANTA, GA - Ramondez
Lamon Rivera, 28, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshal’s
Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) and the Douglas
County (GA) Sheriff’s Department at approximately 7:30 p.m. on
Friday, December 15. Rivera, of Douglasville, GA, has been charged
with murder in connection with the death of Kwana Burns, 28, who was
killed in Anderson, SC, early on December 14.
Rivera is also considered a suspect
in the murder of another woman in Anderson. The second victim was
discovered at her home on Tuesday, December 12. Authorities have yet
to charge Rivera in the second homicide.
Acting on a request for assistance
from the Anderson, SC, Police Department, Deputy U.S. Marshals in
South Carolina and the Operation Intercept task force worked with
investigators from the SERFTF, the Anderson PD, and the Douglas
County Sheriff’s Department to establish Rivera’s location in the
Atlanta area. Once identified, an extensive surveillance was
established on Rivera’s location. He was arrested a short time later
as he left his residence. He was taken into custody without incident
and is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail in Georgia
awaiting extradition to South Carolina.
While this investigation continues,
the Marshals Service has committed resources to assisting Anderson
law enforcement investigators in determining whether Rivera may be a
suspect in other crimes.
The Southeast Regional Fugitive Task
Force is comprised of law enforcement officers from the United
States Marshals Service and 27 other local, state, and federal
agencies, whose goal is to seek out and arrest the region’s most
violent offenders. The SERFTF is one of six regional fugitive task
forces operated by the United States Marshals Service. The Task
Forces were created by Congress to assist state and local law
enforcement in their fugitive apprehension efforts. The Marshals
Service also leads more than 80 district-based task forces around
the United States. Annually, more fugitives are arrested by U.S.
Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found