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For Immediate Release

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October 21, 2009 Southern District of Georgia
Supervisory Deputy Tommy Long (912) 652-4577
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Florida Fugitive Arrested in Savannah

A Florida man wanted by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department in Largo, Florida was arrested by the United States Marshals Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) Precinct Officers in Savannah, Georgia, on October 21, 2009.

Jovan Collier, 31, was being sought a state warrant for Aggravated Stalking. The warrant was issued on October 9, 2009 in Gulfport, Florida. The Gulfport Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Tampa office of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Collier. The investigation led to the possibility of Collier being the Savannah, Georgia area. The Tampa, Florida Task Force forwarded this information to the Savannah Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to find Collier. The information received indicated that Collier could be at the Thunderbird Motel on Oglethorpe Avenue in Savannah, Georgia across from the bus station. Savannah Task Force members went to the hotel office and inquired if Collier was staying in the hotel. Collier was staying in room 208. Task Force officers and SCMPD Downtown Precinct Officers went to Room 208 and arrested Collier without incident. Collier was taken to the Chatham 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 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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