September 20, 2023

Tip to FBI Ends 32-Year-Long Manhunt

A Louisiana man who took off before a jury found him guilty of attempted second degree murder in 1991 is in custody thanks to a tip received by FBI New Orleans.

The FBI first opened its search for 63-year-old Greg Lawson of Ringgold, Louisiana, in May 1991. Throughout the years, the FBI ran out numerous leads across the United States, based on various tips and alleged sightings. From the beginning, the FBI suspected Lawson had fled to Mexico. 
FBI New Orleans received a tip earlier this month that Lawson was indeed in Mexico. Agents in Shreveport and Mexico coordinated with FBI Headquarters and Mexican immigration authorities. Lawson was arrested in Huatulco, Mexico, on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Mexican officials deported Lawson for immigration violations. Agents are working with the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office to return Lawson to Louisiana. 
“We want to thank our partners and the public in this case, who never gave up hope that justice could be served for Mr. Lawson’s victim,” said Douglas A. Williams Jr., special agent in charge of FBI New Orleans. “There is no doubt that Mr. Lawson might still be in the wind if our partners in Mexico had not been willing to deal with this so swiftly.”