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For Immediate Release

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January 11, 2011 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-457
New York Fugitive Captured

SERFTFSavannah, GA – A fugitive wanted by the New York Police Department was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) K-9 on January 11, 2011.

Gregory Brooks, 29, was wanted by the New York Police Department for the offenses of aggravated assault and bail jumping for an incident that occurred in April of 2010. The New York Police Department conducted as extensive investigation to try and find Brooks over the last nine months. The NYPD received information that Brooks was possibly in the Savannah, Georgia area.

The case was referred to the United States Marshals Service Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Brooks. A possible address of 1021 Richards Street in west Savannah was generated and the Marshals Task Force and SCMPD K-9 set up surveillance on the residence. While conducting surveillance on the residence, two male subjects exited the front of the house and began to walk west on Richards Street. One of the males looked like Brooks and a decision was made to stop them to determine their identities. Brooks gave the Marshals a false name, but was readily identified by the “Ace of Spades” tattoo on the right side of his neck. He was immediately taken into custody and upon a search of his pockets, his New York driver’s license was found. Brooks was transported to the Chatham County Jail to await extradition proceedings to send him back to New York.

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, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole, 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.

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