Steven “Low” Lopez, wanted by police in Bay St. Louis, is now in custody in the Lone Star state.
Lopez, a felon, was wanted for the armed robbery of the Hollywood Casino earlier this month. On Friday, the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force announced the arrest of Lopez at a home in Willis, Texas.
Authorities say Lopez fled the residence through a rear window. When he was apprehended, he resisted arrest and was tased during a short foot pursuit. Medical aid was provided on the scene and he was transported to a local hospital for further treatment. Lopez will be housed at the Montgomery County jail pending his extradition back to Mississippi.
“Our number one priority is keeping the community safe so when someone is accused of a crime like this, it is crucial that they be taken into custody as quickly as possible,” said Senior Inspector Jeremy Stilwell. “Without the assistance of the Bay St. Louis Police Department, we wouldn’t have been able to get this violent fugitive in custody as quickly as we did.”
In July of 2006, the United States Marshals Service established the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF). Full-time members of the GCRFTF consist of the: U.S. Marshals Service, The U.S. Border Patrol, Mississippi Department of Correction, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Biloxi Police Department, Columbia Police Department, and the Hattiesburg Police Department.
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