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For Immediate Release

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December 09, 2009 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
Fugitive Sex Offender Caught

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A man wanted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force Atlanta Office on December 8, 2009 in Fulton County, Georgia.

Timothy Collins, 42, was being sought by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender after his release from state prison. Collins had been convicted of a 1994 sex offense which required him to register as a Sex Offender upon his release from prison. In 2007, he was convicted on another felony charge and was released from prison in March of 2009. Accordingly, Collins has to register as a Sex Offender with the Sheriff’s Department in the county in which he will reside. Upon his release from prison in March of 2009, Collins failed to register with the Chatham County Sheriff’s and the current warrant was issued.

In a joint investigation conducted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Marshals Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, numerous leads were generated that placed Collins in the Atlanta, Georgia area. An anonymous tip was received through the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, Sex Offender Registry and Tracking web page, which also placed him in the Atlanta, Georgia area. This information was forwarded to the Marshals Atlanta Task Force to find Collins. Collins was located at a Fulton County mission. Collins was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Fulton County Jail to await his return to Chatham County.

Anyone with information concerning absconded or unregistered sex offenders can contact the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department SORT Team at the web site: http://sort.chathamsheriff.org/ or the United States Marshals Service.

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. In 2008, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 73,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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