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For Immediate Release

Contact:
June 21, 2013 Chris Bozeman, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer (PIO)
Western District of Texas – San Antonio (210) 271-2507
Sex Offender To Be Extradited Back To Bexar County
Fugitive Arrested After 5 Years On The Run

LSFTF LogoSan Antonio, TX – Lori Ann Steele, 49, was arrested yesterday evening by the United States Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSRFTF) in Fresno, CA. An arrest warrant was issued for Steele pursuant to an investigation by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), where it is alleged that Steele failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

On June 5, 2013, the United States Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) was contacted by the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office for assistance in locating and apprehending Steele. Task force officers initiated an investigation and determined that Steele had previously fled from San Antonio, TX to Fresno, CA. Task force officers contacted the PSRFTF for assistance in locating and apprehending Steele. Yesterday evening, members of the PSRFTF conducted a brief surveillance and determined that Steele was employed at a local hotel in Fresno, CA. Task force officers entered the hotel, identified themselves, and arrested Steele without incident.

Steele is currently being held at the Fresno County Jail without bond, awaiting extradition back to Bexar County.

The investigation revealed that on December 7, 2000, Steele was convicted and sentenced to 5 years in a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Prison for sexually assaulting a 14 year old male. Steele was also ordered to annually comply with sex offender registration for the remainder of her life. Sometime after her release from prison, Steele was located in San Antonio, TX where she allegedly failed to register as a sex offender with authorities. Steele later absconded from San Antonio, TX and returned to Fresno, CA, where she was arrested yesterday.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “Sex offender registration serves the dual purpose of keeping track of offenders who committed heinous crimes against innocent victims and to help prevent these crimes from happening again. If an offender fails to register they go to jail…simple as that.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

  • New Braunfels Police Department
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
  • Comal County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
  • Texas Office of The Attorney General
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
  • U.S. Marshals Service

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

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