September 24, 2019

NEW ORLEANS —The U.S. Marshals Service Task Force New Orleans, in partnership with other area law enforcement departments, has just completed Operation NOLA Saints and Sinners 2019, a sex offender fugitive enforcement and sex offender compliance action in Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes.

Crimestoppers GNO also provided critical assistance during the operation, according to the U.S. Marshals.

A total of 69 arrests were made in the operations. Two firearms were recovered, one of them being on the person of a convicted felon, who was on active probation and attempted to flee.

The second firearm, which was reported stolen, was located on an associate of the convicted felon. The weapons were recovered in the area of the 1800 block of Aubry Street in New Orleans with assistance from the New Orleans Police Department.

Approximately 5.6 grams of methamphetamine was seized from an associate of a federal fugitive sex offender in another case in the Central Business District where the sex offender was also alleged to be engaged in large amounts of credit card fraud in the New Orleans metro area. Louisiana State Police Gaming Division assisted in that investigation.

A missing/endangered New Orleans 16-year-old runaway was also recovered during the operation in early September, as well as four other missing/endangered runaways during the course of the operation.

During one April 2019, recovery of a missing/endangered 15-year-old girl two additional firearms were seized in the 2400 block of Robert E. Lee in New Orleans with support from New Orleans Police Department, LA State Police and the FBI New Orleans Field Office.

One of the firearms was in the possession of a convicted felon and had an obliterated serial number and the second firearm was found on an associate of the convicted felon and both adult males were associated with the endangered teen.

The operation began on April 1 and ended on Sept. 14 and resulted in 242 sex offender compliance checks being conducted, as well as the above mentioned arrests.

Other highlights of the operation were the investigation and arrest of sex offender and former law enforcement officer Stanley Burkhardt by Louisiana State Police for violations of his sex offender registration.

The May 2019 arrests of Dashawn Lynch and Derrick Anthony Paul Jones on a New Orleans Police Department warrant for the alleged rape of a 13-year-old Jefferson Parish runaway was also accomplished as part of the operation, with both suspects being located working at a bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

U.S. Marshals Task Force New Orleans is currently still committed to looking for two sex offender fugitives.

Jeremiah Shawn Prater, 31, is still wanted on three Orleans Parish felony warrants related to his sex offender registration and probation. He still has ties to the New Orleans metro area as well as the state of Georgia.

Prater was convicted in Caddo Parish, Louisiana in February 2017 of indecent behavior with juveniles, and Law enforcement records indicate that the female victim was 16 years of age and Prater was 27 years of age at the time of the offense.

Prater also has a history of domestic battery, as well as battery on police and resisting arrest.

He is listed by law enforcement as having "violent tendencies" and should be considered dangerous.

Kendrick Dimitri Perkins, 19, is wanted by the New Orleans Police Department for felony failure to register as a sex offender.

Law enforcement records indicate that his original 2018 Orleans Parish sex-based conviction, indecent behavior with a juvenile, involved the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl.

Perkins is also wanted for probation violations related to his original conviction.

He was last known to frequent the 1900 block of New Orleans St.

Perkins should be considered armed and dangerous and two firearms have already been recovered off of associates during the fugitive hunt for him.



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