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For Immediate Release

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September 22, 2009 Southern District of Georgia
Supervisory Deputy Tommy Long (912) 652-4577;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Evans County Fugitive Arrested

SERFTF LogoAfter sixteen months on the run, a man wanted by the Evans County Sheriff’s Department in Claxton, Georgia has been arrested by the U.S. Marshals South Carolina Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force in Bishopville, South Carolina on September 22, 2009.

Roger Terrell Wilkes, 21, was being sought a state warrant for Failure to Appear. His original charges were for Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault from 2007. Wilkes failed to appear in court in Evans County in May of 2008 and the warrant for Failure to appear was issued at that time. The case was referred to the Savannah Office of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to find him. Numerous leads were worked in this case. Leads were sent to Marshals Fugitive Task Forces in both North Carolina and South Carolina over the last sixteen months. Additional information was obtained in September of 2009 and forwarded to the U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force in Columbia, South Carolina. Operation Intercept investigators went to the address provided by the Savannah Task Force. The address was 74 Bluebird Lane in Bishopville, South Carolina. Operation Intercept investigators arrested Wilkes at the above address without incident. Wilkes was taken to the Lexington County Jail to await extradition back to Evans County, Georgia.

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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