FBI reportedly hunting Adrian Lamo

Friday, 5 September 2003, 10:47 AM EST

FBI agents armed with a federal arrest warrant out of New York were searching for Adrian Lamo Thursday, according to the hacker and his mother.

Two agents visited the home of Lamo's parents, Mario and Mary Lamo, near Sacramento, California, Thursday afternoon, says Mary Lamo. "They wouldn't tell us anything but that they had an arrest warrant and they wanted to come in," she adds.

When she demurred, the agents vowed to return with a search warrant, and have been overtly watching the house from parked cars ever since, she says. "They followed me when I went out, so they're not hiding it."

Bureau spokespersons could not be reached after hours Thursday.

Lamo frequently stays at his parents' home, but he was not there at the time of the FBI's visit, and has not returned since. His mother contacted the Federal Public Defender's office in Sacramento, which has agreed to handle his surrender, she says.

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