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For Immediate Release

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October 12, 2010 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
Oklahoma Fugitive Captured

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A fugitive wanted in Oklahoma was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the  Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) Trap Unit on October 6, 2010.

Mark Stewart, 30, was wanted by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office on various charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, drug charges, and additional weapons offenses. The case was referred to the U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task force in Oklahoma for assistance in locating Stewart. An extensive investigation was conducted by the Marshals Task force in Oklahoma. Their investigation led them to Savannah, Georgia. The information generated by the Oklahoma Task Force was sent to the Savannah office of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. The Savannah Task Force was furnished with a tag number of a rental car that Stewart and his girlfriend were travelling. They obtained the vehicle in Oklahoma. Information was received that they were possibly staying in one of the hotels near Hunter Army Airfield base. While checking the various hotel parking lots, one of the Savannah Task Force officers spotted the suspect’s vehicle at the Savannah Gardens Hotel at 6800 Abercorn Street.

Surveillance was established on the vehicle. Through the assistance of the hotel staff, task force officers were able to determine which room the fugitive was staying. The room had been rented by Stewart’s girlfriend Tyler Edens. Additional information provided was that the girlfriend, Edens, was the only one that would leave the room and that Stewart stayed in the room while she was out. The task force officers requested the assistance of SCMPD Trap officers. As officers were formulating a plan to arrest the fugitive, Stewart was observed going to his vehicle. Task Force and Trap Officers converged on him and he was arrested without incident. Officers then went to the hotel room to locate the girlfriend, to discover that she was not there. The girlfriend had apparently observed the arrest and fled from the room. After an extensive search of the hotel, Edens was found hiding in room #260 which was an open unused room undergoing renovation. Tyler Edens was also arrested based on an outstanding warrant for her from Oklahoma. Both Stewart and Edens were transported to the Chatham County Jail to await extradition proceedings to send them back to Oklahoma.

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.