GA – A Savannah man wanted on multiple warrants to include Probation
Violation and Sex Offender Registration Violation was arrested by the Macon
Office of the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task
Force on March 30, 2010.
Roy Steven Smith, 52, was wanted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department as
Wanted Sex Offender. Smith was profiled on the Chatham County Sheriff’s
Department web site. The Sheriff’s Department Sex Offender Registry Team
conducted an extensive investigation to try and find Smith. The SORT team
requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service Sex Offender
Investigator and the Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task
Force to help in locating and capturing Smith. The outstanding warrants date
back to August and December of 2009. In 2004, the Savannah Office of the
Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force looked for Smith in relation to a drug
case and found him in the Twiggs County Jail.
The United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in
Savannah and the Chatham County SORT Team worked together to find this dangerous
fugitive. Since Smith had been previously arrested in the Twiggs County area,
which is in the Middle District of Georgia, the Savannah Task Force sent a
request to the Macon Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to try
and locate Smith. As luck would have it, investigators were on the way to lunch
at a local McDonald’s Restaurant in Macon, Georgia at 550 Gray Highway and while
waiting in traffic noticed a man walking in the direction of the same McDonald’s
Restaurant that fit the description of Smith, although he had lost a
considerable amount of weight. The man was seen walking from a local homeless
camp under a bridge in the area. The Macon Task Force members went into the
McDonalds and observed the suspect talking to another homeless man in the
restaurant. The suspect got up to leave and when he got into a red car driven by
a third man, investigators stopped the vehicle in order to identify the suspect.
The man was positively identified as Roy Steven Smith and was immediately
arrested. Upon arrest, Smith was transported to the Bibb County Jail to await
pickup by Chatham County.
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 2010, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested
more than 81,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals
can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
America’s Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency