The following is a news release from the US Marshals:
Lafayette, LA – Yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m. US Marshals from Houston with assistance from Montgomery County Sheriff's Office patrol arrested twenty-three year old Napoleon Lopez in Conroe, Texas. Lopez was Wanted by the Lafayette Police Department for Aggravated Rape. In December, Lopez allegedly raped a fifteen year old girl. After the incident, Detectives with the Lafayette Police Department (LPD) were unable to locate Lopez; on January 14th LPD Detectives secured an Arrest Warrant against Lopez and requested the assistance of the US Marshals Violent Offender's Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette.
The day the Warrant was signed (Friday), VOTF members in Lafayette developed credible information that Lopez was hiding in Conroe, Texas. Yesterday morning (Saturday), VOTF members in Lafayette contacted the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force (GCVO) in Houston requesting TFOs to follow-up on the leads in Conroe. GCVO Task Force Officers in Houston immediately responded to the leads developed; within a few hours they had Lopez identified through surveillance, and shortly thereafter arrested Lopez without incident. Lopez was booked at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and is awaiting Extradition back to Lafayette. Further, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed a detainer against Lopez as he is allegedly in the United States illegally. It should be noted that Lopez was in handcuffs in less than twenty-four hours after the Warrant was signed.