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For Immediate Release

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September 17, 2009 Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force - Pensacola
Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer (850) 554-6602;

USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Breakdown Door as Violent Fugitive Sex Offender Tries to Poison Himself

Pensacola, FL - Teddie Lee Carroll, 44 is an absconded sex offender with three outstanding warrants who was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) in Orlando. The Pensacola Division of the FRFTF arrested Carroll this evening in Pensacola. Carroll was being sought by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office for Violating Probation by Failing to Register as a Sex Offender. The Indian River County Sheriff's Office was also looking for him on similar charges for Violating his Probation. Carroll was also wanted locally by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office for Failure to Appear since 2005. Carroll was originally convicted in 2000 in central Florida on charges of kidnapping, impersonating a police officer and lewd and lascivious assault on a minor. Carroll was later arrested for a second sex offense which involved raping a woman at gunpoint, but the charges were dropped after the victim refused to testify.

Several weeks ago the Marshals Task Force in Orlando contacted their counterparts here in Pensacola after learning that Carroll may be in Pensacola once again. The Pensacola task force conducted surveillances at several different locations in Pensacola for a couple of weeks before determining that Carroll was living at an address on the 2000 block of East Maxwell Street.

At approximately 6:30 this evening, U.S. Marshals and task force members from Escambia and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Offices approached the home and heard the front door being locked and someone run through the house. They then witnessed someone who resembled Carroll through a window ingesting something from a pill bottle and drinking something with it that appeared to be a large alcohol bottle. They then forced the door open concerned for both Carroll and the officer's safety. Carroll immediately complied with commands and was detained. He was then taken to Baptist Hospital as a precaution after learning that he had swallowed rat poison and possibly washed it down with gasoline. An interview of Carroll at the hospital revealed that he had not drank gasoline that was found in a small pill bottle but head in fact washed down a handful of rat poison with a mixture of vodka and iced-tea. Carroll was examined and cleared to be released to law enforcement who booked him into the Escambia County Jail.

The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Pensacola is made up of officers from the U.S. Marshals Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton County Sheriff’s Offices, Milton, Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach, Niceville and DeFuniak Springs Police Departments, State Attorney’s Office, the Office of Attorney General and the 1st Special Operations Security Force at Hurlburt Field.

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

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