Investigators with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit have made their 350th fugitive arrest with the arrest of 25-year-old Wayne Carl Thomas of New Orleans.

Thomas was arrested yesterday in New Orleans and booked into Orleans Parish Prison as a fugitive. He was wanted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for failing to appear to answer to the charge of attempted second degree murder and possession with intent to distribute schedule IV drugs. He will be transported to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for booking. The New Orleans Police Department assisted in the arrest.

Attorney General Caldwell established the FAU in May 2008 for the purpose of assisting local law enforcement agencies in locating and apprehending fugitives from justice. Since that time, the FAU has worked with 26 parishes (representing various municipal police departments and sheriff's offices), four state agencies, and seven out of state agencies to apprehend fugitives. The arrests made by the FAU include murder, aggravated rape, attempted murder, sex crimes violations, theft, armed robbery, and deadbeat dads.

"From day one, I wanted a Fugitive Apprehension Unit under the umbrella of the AG's Office," said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. "I know how crucial it is to be able to work across jurisdictional lines. The FAU has statewide jurisdiction and can dedicate all the time and resources necessary to bring these fugitives to justice. The partnerships we have with our local, state and out-of-state agencies is critical to arresting these fugitives."

In April 2009, the FAU began a collaboration with the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office that has resulted in the arrest of 22 individuals for non-payment of child support.

"During the past year, the Attorney General's fugitive apprehension unit has been instrumental in locating, arresting and returning to court in East Baton Rouge Parish many deadbeat parents who owe millions of dollars in unpaid child support," said East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar C. Moore, III The FAU has also worked successfully with law enforcement in surrounding states in locating and apprehending fugitives from Louisiana. The FAU has established a successful relationship with the Texas Attorney General's Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit. Vital information is exchanged between the two agencies on a regular basis regarding pending fugitive investigations to both agencies. Over 30 fugitive arrests have been made between the two agencies as a result of this collaboration. You can find fugitives currently being sought by the FAU on the attorney general's website at www.agbuddycaldwell.com and click "Most Wanted." Law enforcement is encouraged to contact John Bosco with the Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 225-326-6100 if they need assistance. -END-