US Marshals arrest Ocean Springs man who has been on the run since 2008

The US Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Gulfport Division arrested Lawrence W. Baker, 52, in Ocean Springs around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Baker was taken into custody in the 100 Block of Braeburn Drive at his residence without incident.

He was wanted out of LaSalle County, Illinois, for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, which stemmed from an alleged 2006 incident involving a juvenile between the ages of 13 and 17.

US Marshals from Illinois and LaSalle County discovered that Baker had been living in Ocean Springs.

It is believed that shortly after the alleged crime occurred, Baker fled to Mississippi to evade law enforcement.

Baker was taken to the Harrison County jail in Gulfport pending his extradition back to Illinois.

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, Forrest County Sheriff’s Office, Biloxi Police Department, Columbia Police Department and the Hattiesburg Police Department.

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