New crime center set to open in Austin

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Chief Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on May 2, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 2 at 11:49 AM

AUSTIN -- The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is opening a new office in the heart of downtown Austin Wednesday morning.

The task force pulls resources from all groups of different law enforcement agencies statewide to help capture some of the most dangerous offenders.
 
In 2005 they arrested Colton Pitonyak in Mexico. The convicted killer fled Austin after killing UT student Jennifer Cave.
 
Experts say many fugitives try to hide from authorities by sneaking into other countries.
 
“Most people who flee to another country, if they don't speak Spanish, if they're not familiar with the culture, life is going to be very hard for them,” explained U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez.
 
There are several different task force groups including the Lone Star force. It’s comprised of officers from Austin, San Antonio, Apline, Del Rio, El Paso, Midland, Pecos and Waco, Texas.
 
In 2011 the LSFTF opened an office in San Antonio. Austin’s office opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday. A number of state and local leaders will be at the opening, including U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul.

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