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For Immediate Release

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August 06, 2010 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
Florida Fugitive Captured

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A man wanted by the Bay County Sheriff’s Department in Panama City, Florida was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on August 6, 2010.

Johnathan Everett Gibson, 30, was wanted by the Bay County Sheriff’s Department in Panama City Florida for failure to appear on two warrants, one for Aggravated Battery/Domestic Violence and the other for Leaving the Scene of an Accident with damage. The warrants were issued in May of 2010. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Department received a CrimeStoppers tip that Gibson was at a house on Wilmington Island in Savannah, Georgia.

The case was referred to the United States Marshals Service Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Gibson. An investigation was conducted by the Marshals Task Force and numerous leads were worked to try and find Gibson. Investigators went to the address in the Crime Stoppers tip and Gibson was not there. Approximately an hour later, Task Force investigators received information that Gibson was possibly at a residence in Midway, Georgia. Task Force Investigators went to Midway, Georgia and found Gibson hiding in a closet. Gibson was arrested without incident and turned over to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department to await extradition proceedings to send him back to Florida.

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.