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For Immediate Release

Contact:
May 12, 2009 Southern District of Georgia
U.S. Marshal James T. Roberts
Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Tom Morefield

POC: Supervisory Deputy Tommy Long 912-652-4577
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
FLORIDA FUGITIVE CAPTURED
A fugitive wanted by the Leon County Sheriff’s Department in Tallahassee, Florida was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, MACE Task Force, and Hinesville Police in Hinesville, Georgia on May 10, 2009.

Michael Golden, 30, was being sought on a state warrant for Aggravated Battery issued in March, 2009. This case involved an incident where a female was allegedly battered with a baseball bat. Golden also has an outstanding Violation of Probation warrant from the State of Florida.

This case was referred to the U.S. Marshals Tallahassee Office of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force. An extensive investigation was conducted by the Florida Task Force which generated leads in the Hinesville, Georgia area. This information was passed to the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Savannah to locate him. With the assistance of the Mace Task Force, two possible vehicles were located in Hinesville, Georgia. Mace and Marshals task force members set up surveillance on the residence while waiting on additional officers to arrive. Golden was observed on the front porch of the residence. Upon the arrival of additional Marshals Task Force members and Hinesville Police Officers, they all went to the residence and Golden was arrested without incident. Golden was taken to the Liberty County Jail to await extradition back to Florida.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The Savannah Offices of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of investigators from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. Last year, U.S. Marshals Task Forces arrested more than 58,600 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov .

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