Pennsylvania rape suspect nabbed off I-10 in Acadia Parish

The following is a Press Release from the U.S. Marshals Service:

Thirty-Two year old Raymond Novak was arrested by members of the US Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force a little after 1:30 p.m. today.  The arrest occurred near mile marker 72 off I-10 in Acadia Parish.  Novak was Wanted by Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office in Pennsylvania for Involuntary Deviant Sexual Intercourse.  Novak was scheduled to appear for trial on these charges on Monday, September 26th, but he failed to appear.

The US Marshals Violent Offender Task Force in Pittsburg, PA developed information today that suggested Novak was along I-10.  The suspect actually called Task Force Officers in Pittsburg who relayed that information to Task Force Officers in Lafayette.  Novak was booked at the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office and is awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania.

Henry Whitehorn, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana, said, "The coordinated effort of all law enforcement to bring dangerous criminals to justice ensures that the streets and neighborhoods of Louisiana are a safer place to raise our children."

The Violent Offender Task Force in Lafayette is a team comprised of full-time law enforcement officers from the Lafayette City Marshals, Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, Lafayette Police Department, St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office, and Louisiana Probation and Parole.  Further, VOTF calls upon part-time TFO's throughout its eight parish area.  In 2010 VOTF -- Lafayette closed over 400 Warrants, most of which were violent felony offenses.  US Marshals Task Forces throughout the United States arrested 81,900 state and local fugitives on felony charges.