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U.S. marshals arrest Pasco fugitive in Louisiana

Deputies say the 24-year-old man with an arrest record as notable as his tattoos shook off the grasp of the law in early November, ramming a patrol car and running away. They say Anthony Batta hadn't been seen in almost a month.

On Wednesday, U.S. marshals tracked him down in Oak Grove, La., about 760 miles from the dusty road in Moon Lake where he was last seen.

The chase began about 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10, when a deputy spotted a maroon Toyota Tundra on Alemedo Avenue in Moon Lake, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report says. The deputy ran the tag number and found that the truck had been stolen out of Citrus County. Reports say Batta was the driver.

The deputy gave chase. The truck went down Gilmer Street and made a U-turn at the end, reports say, then headed straight for the deputy. The Tundra hit the cruiser and kept going.

Batta left the truck near 12544 Catalona Ave. and ran, reports say. Deputies lost track of him. He was wanted in connection with the incident until he was caught Wednesday.

U.S. marshals in the eastern district of Louisiana were not available for comment Thursday afternoon.

It is unclear how Batta ended up in Oak Grove, a small town just south of the Arkansas border. He will be brought back to Pasco County to face various charges in the Nov. 10 incident.

His more than 50 previous arrest charges include robbery, drug possession and auto theft. He is described in reports as being 6 feet 3 inches tall, with multiple tattoos.

U.S. marshals arrest Pasco fugitive in Louisiana 12/06/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 8:41pm]
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