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For Immediate Release

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May 20, 2010 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
Savannah Escapee Caught in Brantley County

Savannah, GA - A man wanted by the Georgia Department of Corrections was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Brantley County Sheriff’s Department on May 19, 2010.

Timothy Michael Childs, 33, was wanted by the Georgia Department of Corrections for Escape. The warrant was issued on May 11, 2010 in Savannah, Georgia. Childs was convicted in Toombs County, Georgia for armed robbery in March of 2001. Childs was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. After serving approximately nine years of the sentence, Childs was released to the Coastal Transitional Center to make his transition from prison back into society. He had been at the Transitional Center approximately four months, when on May 11, 2010 he left to go find a job and did not return. He was then declared to be escaped by the Department of Corrections. The case was referred to the U.S. Marshals Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. An extensive investigation began, running leads in the Savannah and Vidalia areas. On May 19, 2010, investigators determined that another Transitional Center inmate assisted in Childs’ flight. That inmate, Derrick Barker was returned to Coastal State Prison pending charges as a result of his involvement in this case. Barker’s spouse came to Savannah and took Childs to Brantley County, Georgia. The case led investigators to the Waynesville, Georgia area of Brantley County. Numerous people were interviewed and at least two addresses were generated. In the process of the investigation, Mary Barker, the spouse of the other Transitional Center inmate was interviewed and gave false information to the investigators and was arrested for Hindering Apprehension of a Fugitive, Giving False information and Obstruction of an officer. She was taken to the Brantley County Jail. The Marshals Task Force investigators and members of the Brantley County Sheriff’s Department then went to the address of 106 Sunshine Road in Waynesville, Georgia where they found Childs. Childs was arrested without incident and transported to Smith State Prison.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of over 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 2009, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 90,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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