Friday, May 27, 2016

Top Ten Arrested in Puerto Rico When He Runs Out of Luck

San Juan, PR - Tonight the U.S. Marshals Puerto Rico Violent Offenders Task Force (PRVOTF) apprehended Efren Joel Sanchez-Peña, aka “Papa”.

Sanchez-Peña was sought after by federal authorities in the District of Puerto Rico for drug conspiracy and money laundering. In September of 2009 Sanchez-Peña along with 64 other defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury, they were part of a powerful drug trafficking organization led by Angel Ayala Vazquez aka “Angelo Millones”

For the past six years Sanchez-Peña has eluded authorities by moving from different locations and maintaining a low profile, but tonight his luck ran out when member of the PRVOTF were at a known food restaurant and Sanchez-Peña walked in with other associates. Members of the PRVOTF positively identified the fugitive and called for assistance. He was apprehended and taken into custody without incidents.

Sanchez-Peña was featured as one of the top ten most wanted violent offender of the U.S. Marshals Puerto Rico Violent Offenders Task Force.

Orlando Rivera, U.S. Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico indicated that “The arrest of Efren Sanchez is a testament to the outstating investigative work and perseverance of our deputies and agents and it shows the commitment that you will be brought to justice, you can run, but you can’t hide".

The Puerto Rico U.S. Marshals Violent Offenders Task Force is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Puerto Rico Police Department, the San Juan Municipal Police, the Department of Corrections, Puerto Rico State Marshals and the State Internal Revenue Service.

Texas Man Wanted for Assaulting and Raping Woman Arrested in South Carolina

Carrollton, TX - Donovan Mark Herisse, a fugitive wanted for violently beating and raping a woman he met on the online dating website, “Plenty of Fish,” was arrested on May 24 in Piedmont, South Carolina by a team of law enforcement officers led by the U.S. Marshals.

On April 15, 2016, the Carrollton Police Department encountered a female victim who had suffered multiple injuries including a fractured jaw, fractured orbital bone and multiple lacerations to her face and mouth that required stitches. The victim had also been raped by a man she claims to have met on an online dating website. On April 19, 2016, an arrest warrant was issued for Herisse and the case was referred to the U.S Marshals led Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

After an extensive investigation, information was developed that Herisse had fled Texas and was in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Members of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force were able to discover that Herisse was employed as a truck driver and was heading toward the Greenville, South Carolina area. On May 24, 2016, Herisse was arrested in Piedmont, South Carolina by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Operation Intercept. Herisse is currently awaiting extradition back to Texas.

The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force includes investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service, Plano Police Department, Carrollton Police Department, Denton County Sheriff’s Office, Denton Police Department, Flower Mound Police Department and the Collin County District Attorney’s Office.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Training on Toolkit on Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism

The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center is launching a new multimedia web training series in June to introduce the web-based toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery and Resources. The training is for civic, government and business sectors interested in developing a comprehensive victim assistance plan. To participate, register for the training event that aligns most closely with your geographic region. If you are unable to attend the training event scheduled for your geographic region, register for one of the other events. Training schedule:
  • June 2, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region I: AR, LA, NM, OK, TX, IA, KS, MO, NE
  • June 7, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region II: CO, MN, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY
  • June 9, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region III: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, NJ, NY
  • June 16, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region IV: DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV
  • June 21, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region V: AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, PR, USVI
  • June 23, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region VI: IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WI
  • June 28, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region VII: AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU, NMI, AK, ID, OR, WA
For links to sign up for trainings, go to the calendar for June at