An FBI agent shot to death man wanted for sex crimes in Los Angeles. The fugitive, Craig Alyn Carlson, died from a single gunshot in a Raleigh, NC hotel during an attempted raid. According to authorities, agents entered the suspect’s room and a fight ensued over a weapon. The gun discharged and the bullet struck Carlson.
The FBI placed Carlson on its Ten Most Wanted List last fall. According to police, Carlson committed a series of violent sexual assaults in the Los Angeles area. After posting bond, he fled to South Carolina. While in South Carolina, he stole a rental car and a handgun, as well as cash. He led authorities in Alabama on a high-speed chase. Florida officials also reported sightings of Carlson there in 2017.
Federal authorities issued a warrant for Carlson’s arrest in December 2017, and the FBI stepped up efforts to locate him. A police officer in Apex, NC noted the stolen rental car in a local hotel parking lot and notified federal authorities. Agents assembled a raid team to take Carlson into custody, and expressed disappointment that Carlson died during the arrest attempt.
Los Angeles Police arrested Carlson in July 2017 on burglary and attempted sexual assault charges. Following his arrest, police also linked him to two unsolved assaults in Los Angeles in 2003. By that time, however, Carlson had already posted bail and disappeared.
Los Angeles sex crimes attorney
When you face charges for sexual offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. He takes sex crimes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. In that time, he has defended thousands of Californians. Sexual offense convictions can have long lasting impacts on your life. Most convictions for sex crimes require lifetime sex offender registration. This status can prevent you from finding a job, finding housing and moving forward with your life.
Sex offender registration requirements don’t change if you move out of state. Your registration requirements simply transfer to your new jurisdiction. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who will guide you through the courts. You need competent legal representation when you’re facing charges for sexual offenses. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that you have no defense options.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273- 5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.
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