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June 11, 2010 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
Virginia Fugitive Captured in Savannah

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A man wanted by the Lee County, Virginia Sheriff’s Department was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on June 11, 2010.

Lawrence E. Saghy, 28, was wanted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department in Jonesville, Virginia. Saghy is wanted in reference to an alleged rape that occurred in May of 2010 in Lee County Virginia. The warrant was issued by the Lee County General District Court Criminal Division on may 19, 2010. The case was referred to the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Fugitive Task Force’s Abingdon Office for assistance in locating and arresting Saghy. The investigation conducted by the Capital Area Task Force indicated that Saghy was possibly in the Savannah, Georgia area. The case was then sent to the U.S. Marshals Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to find Saghy on June 11, 2010.

A possible address was generated on Savannah’s southside. Savannah Task Force investigators interviewed the resident who stated that she did not know Saghy. Further investigation revealed that Saghy could possibly be homeless. A check of the local homeless areas did not turn up any information as to his possible whereabouts. Marshals Task Force investigators conducted surveillance at the local soup kitchens. Around noon today, Savannah Fugitive Task Force officers saw a subject that looked like Saghy in the area of Liberty and Price Streets. Task Force officers circled the block and saw three white male subjects at the corner of Liberty and Habersham Streets. Two of the three subjects headed south on Habersham Street and crossed in front of the Task Force Officer’s vehicle and Saghy was positively identified by his photo and numerous tattoos. Saghy was stopped at the southeast corner of the intersection. Saghy was questioned as to his identity and when he gave his name, he was immediately arrested. Saghy was transported to the Chatham County Jail to await extradition proceedings to send him back to Virginia.

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.