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For Immediate Release

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May 27, 2011 Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina (803) 223-4062
Car Thief off the Streets after the U.S. Marshals Arrest Travis “Baby” Golston

Columbia, SC - Early this morning Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension task force, arrested Travis “Baby” Golston at a gas station on Greystone Boulevard in Columbia.  Golston was wanted in connection with five warrants for Grand Larceny of Motor Vehicles and two counts of Criminal Conspiracy stemming from a month long theft spree of vehicles from Lexington Medical Center.

OPIN was contacted on May 19 by Lexington Medical Center Public Safety for assistance in locating and apprehending Golston.  OPIN developed information leading them on a weeklong hunt of numerous housing developments and hours of investigation into the whereabouts of Golston.  Deputy U.S. Marshals from Columbia, Lexington and Orangeburg County Sheriff Deputies, FBI, SLED, and Columbia City Police Officers began surveillance in the early evening hours in attempts to locate Golston.  After observing a male fitting the description of Golston in a parked vehicle in the parking lot of a local gas station, OPIN arrested Golston and transported him to Lexington County Detention Center where he awaits bond hearings.  Other individuals in the car were arrested on local charges and taken to local holding facilities.

Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina, stated: “Our law enforcement partnerships are not only for large agencies, we will aid small public safety officers when called upon.  This fugitive’s crime spree has now been quashed by the hard work of our task officers and Deputy U.S. Marshals.  I commend everyone involved for the long hours worked and dedicated service to the citizens of South Carolina.”

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2010, the Marshals arrested more than 36,100 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 11,072 sex offenders.  Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 81,900 state and local fugitives, clearing 108,200 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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