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For Immediate Release

Contact:
February 14, 2010 Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065

U.S. Marshals Find Navarre Home Invasion Fugitive in Georgia

Commerce, GA – The U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force nabbed a Santa Rosa County man who is believed to be the suspect wanted in connection with a 2009 Home Invasion in Navarre, FL. The Marshals Task Force caught up with Frank Joseph DeSalvo Friday and arrested him at about 2:30 p.m. (EST) without incident at a trailer he was living in about 70 miles outside of Atlanta. The warrant, states that in October of 2009, the 38 year-old DeSalvo committed an armed home invasion on the 2000 block of Frontera Street in Navarre. DeSalvo also has five additional warrants, one being a felony Fraud/Swindling, three for Fraud/Worthless Checks and a misdemeanor Probation Violation warrant. At the time of his arrest, a Glock handgun was also located in the residence. DeSalvo allegedly could not account for the firearm being in the residence and it was placed into evidence by Task Force Officers pending further investigation.

In December of 2009 the Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Pensacola, FL joined in the investigation with the Special Operations Division from the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office. Patrol Officers in Navarre who initiated the investigation determined early on that DeSalvo was most likely out of the local area and possibly out of state. Task Force Investigators from the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office tracked DeSalvo to the Georgia area and began working with the Marshals from Atlanta and eventually determined that DeSalvo was working at a truck stop near Interstate 85 in the Commerce area, just several hundred yards away from the home he was arrested at. DeSalvo was booked into the Elbert County Jail and is being held as a fugitive from justice until extradition back to Florida.

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 and Santa Rosa 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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