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For Immediate Release

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August 31, 2009 Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force - Pensacola
Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Captured Home Invasion Suspect Marks 100th Arrest by U.S. Marshals Task Force this Year

Pensacola, FL - The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit worked together to capture a local rap artist who is wanted in connection with an armed home invasion. The Task Force and the Gang Unit caught up with suspect Antonio Dean aka “Lue Kane” late this afternoon in the city limits of Pensacola, after just missing him early Friday morning in the Lincoln Park section of Escambia County. Dean, 22, is wanted on a warrant from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office charging him with Aggravated Battery Using a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Delinquent Act Felon Firearm or Concealed and Home Invasion/Robbery. According to the Sheriff’s Office warrant affidavit, on August 5 Dean and two other suspects clad in black masks broke into a house on the 2900 Block of West Cross Street in Pensacola after yelling “Police, open the door!” All three were armed with guns, one which appeared to be an AK-47 assault rifle. The report also says that Dean allegedly was also armed with a stun gun and was using it on one of the homeowners demanding money. The Task Force recently began working trying to capture Dean with help from the ATF, FDLE and the Pensacola Police Department as well.

Around 4 o’clock today the Task Force arrested Dean at an apartment complex off Underwood Drive in Pensacola without incident. Another person traveling with Dean was detained at the time but was later released. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in a car they were in but neither man has been charged at this time. In addition, several spent bullet casings for a .38 caliber handgun were also found in the vehicle. Dean was booked into the Escambia County Jail on a no bond warrant.

“This was a great cooperative effort from the Task Force and the Gang Unit as well as everyone else involved,” said Task Force Coordinator Dominic Guadagnoli. “A lot of time and ingenuity orchestrated the capture of a dangerous person who was loose on the streets of Pensacola,” said Guadagnoli.

So far this year, Dean’s arrest makes for the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Pensacola’s 100th arrest. The Task Force which is comprised of 12 different law enforcement agencies in a four county area has physically arrested 71 people and directed or aided in the arrest of 29 others. In all, approximately 200 warrants have been served on these fugitives. These arrests have also lead to about 40 probable cause arrests as well. The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Pensacola is made up of officers from the U.S. Marshals Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Offices, Milton, Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach, Niceville and DeFuniak Springs Police Departments, State Attorney’s Office, the Office of Inspector General and the 1st Special Operations Security Force at Hurlburt Field.

Last Year U.S. Marshals Task Forces around the country arrested over 73,000 state and local fugitive felons and more than 109,000 between both state and federal warrants.

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

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