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For Immediate Release

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August 19, 2009 Southern District of Georgia
Supervisory Deputy Tommy Long (912) 652-4577;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Vidalia Most Wanted Captured

Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force LogoA Vidalia man wanted by the Vidalia Police Department, Toombs Sheriff’s Department, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department was arrested in a joint effort by the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Vidalia Police Department, the Toombs County Sheriff’s Department, and the East Central Drug Task Force in Vidalia, Georgia on August 19, 2009.

Nicholas Singleton, 30, was being sought on numerous state warrants for Armed Robbery, Burglary, RICO, and Failure to Appear issued in both Toombs and Montgomery Counties in July of 2009. The Toombs County Sheriff’s Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals, Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to help locate and arrest Singleton. The Task Force and the local agencies conducted an extensive investigation to try and find him in the Toombs/Montgomery County area. On August 19, 2009, the Savannah Fugitive Task Force generated leads that placed Singleton in a motel in Vidalia, Georgia. The Marshals Task Force members along with Vidalia Police and Toombs County Sheriff’s investigators and members of the East Central Drug Task Force went to the Inn At Vidalia, a local motel and had to get a key to obtain entry into the room occupied by Singleton. Singleton was immediately arrested without incident. Singleton was taken to the Toombs County Jail.

Also arrested in the motel room was Tiffany Singleton, 24, for Harboring a Fugitive and Hindering Apprehension of a fugitive. Tiffany Singleton is the wife of Nicholas Singleton. Tiffany Singleton had been previously interviewed by investigators regarding Nicholas Singleton and was informed as to the consequences of assisting him to avoid capture. Tiffany Singleton was taken to the Toombs County Jail.

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 Office 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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