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For Immediate Release

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June 30, 2009 Wayne Warren, Inspector (404) 550-4078
‘America’s Most Wanted’ Captured by U.S. Marshals

SERFTF LogoAtlanta, GA - This morning, at approximately 10:30 am, investigators from the United States Marshals Service’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, with assistance from officers of the Atlanta Police Department, arrested AMW fugitive Jonathan “Q-Genius” Quaweay at an apartment complex off Collier Road.

On March 24, 2009, at the Sportman’s Inn and Lounge - a combination strip club and hotel in Providence, R.I. - Quaweay was confronted by the bar manager and asked to dispose of his beer before going upstairs to one of the private rooms. Quaweay instead dumped it on the manager’s head. An argument ensued, and the patrons of the hotel had to break it up. Quaweay left with blood on his face after getting beat up and kicked out the door.

Quaweay returned to the bar around 1:00 am, and, in the hallway that leads to the bar area, authorities say Quaweay came barging in and fired eight shotgun blasts into the hotel. His screaming victims tried running to the door to go into the bar, but it was locked. Four people were wounded in the shooting: a bar maid, a dancer, and two patrons. All four of the victims survived.

Later that afternoon, police in Rhode Island say Quaweay dropped off his son at his mother’s house, and took off. Quaweay is a registered sex offender, and has been arrested more than 20 times in both Rhode Island and Georgia.

At approximately 10:00 am, after receiving information that Quaweay was possibly at the Georgian Hills Apartment Complex off Collier Road in northwest Atlanta, investigators began their surveillance of the suspected unit. A short time later, after positively identifying Quaweay enter and exit the apartment several times, investigators formulated an arrest plan.

As officers were attempting to get to the rear of the unit to contain the perimeter, Quaweay caught sight of them, jumped over the balcony railing, and led officers on a footchase of about two hundred yards before finally being apprehended. He was subsequently transported to the Fulton County Jail where he will await extradition back to Rhode Island.

The U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the United States Marshals Service, as well as 27 other local, state and federal agencies. The task force’s objective is to seek out and arrest the region’s most violent offenders. Since the inception of the task force in September of 2003, the U.S. Marshals SERFTF has closed over 14,000 felony warrants. Annually, U.S. Marshals locate and arrest more fugitives than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

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