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For Immediate Release

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August 05, 2010 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
DOC Escapee Captured

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A man wanted by the Georgia Department of Correction was arrested by the arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on August 4, 2010.

Robert Baker Jr, 30, was wanted by the Georgia Department of Corrections for escape. Baker was sentenced in 2004 in Wayne County to seven years in custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections, having been convicted on an arson charge. Baker had been released from prison and was residing at the Coastal Transitional Center, before being released. Baker went to work on July 29th, 2010 as he is required to do and failed to return to the center after work. A warrant was issued for escape.

The case was referred to the United States Marshals Service Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Baker. An extensive investigation was conducted by the Marshals Task Force and numerous leads were worked to try and find Baker. Investigators received developed information that led them to the various hotels on Highway 17 South in Savannah, Georgia. On August 4, 2010, the Marshals Fugitive Task Force received information that placed Baker in a room at the Scottish Inn at Highway 204 and I-95 in southwest Chatham County. Task Force Officers were in route to the hotel and saw Baker standing at the southbound ramp of I-95 and Highway 204, panhandling for money from motorists. Task Force officers approached Baker and he was arrested without incident. Baker was transported to Coastal 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.