WAIANAE — The Kauai Police Department reports that wanted sex offender Brian K. Lopes was captured by U.S. Marshals on Oahu this morning, according to a county news release.
The U.S. Marshals Service Adam Walsh Task Force located and arrested Lopes at 9:45 a.m. today in Waianae. Upon receiving medical clearance from Straub Hospital, Lopes was transferred to the state Sherriff’s Office, where he awaits extradition back to Kauai.
Lopes was the last of 24 noncompliant sex offenders previously wanted by police.
Acting on a tip that Lopes may have recently fled to Oahu, KPD reached out to the U.S. Marshals Service for assistance.
“This arrest is an example of Hawaii law enforcement’s ability and commitment to collaborate and reach out across the state to apprehend those who try to elude justice,” said Deputy Police Chief Michael Contrades. “We are very appreciative of the expeditious efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service.”
Earlier this week, Kauai police announced an ongoing joint mission between KPD, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and the state Department of the Attorney General, aimed at locating noncompliant registered sex offenders. By law, registered sex offenders must keep their registration information updated and accurate.
With Lopes now in custody the joint special mission is complete, but law enforcement continues to keep the issue of non-compliant sex offenders a top priority.
To search for a registered sex offender, visit the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center website at www.ehawaii.gov/sexoffender.