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For Immediate Release

Contact:
September 14, 2011 Southern District of Georgia
Supervisory Inspector Stewart Cottingham (912) 652-4200;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Tennessee Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested in Augusta, GA

SERFTF LogoA Ten Most Wanted Fugitive wanted by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for a June 2011 homicide and aggravated assaults was arrested by the United States Marshals Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) in Augusta, Georgia, on September 13, 2011.

Thomas Lamont Dowlen, 34, was being sought by the Springfield Police Department on one count of criminal homicide and two counts of aggravated assault and was added to the TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list. On June 30, 2011, Dowlen shot the victim, Candice Owens, multiple times in the legs and torso causing her death. SERFTF personnel received information from the TBI and US Marshals in Nashville, Tennessee. Surveillance was established on a business frequented by Dowlen in Augusta, GA. Dowlen was spotted by SERFTF personnel exiting a vehicle in front of the business located on Dean’s Bridge Road. He was then arrested by Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. For more information on this case, contact should be made with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 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. Last year, U.S. Marshals Task Forces arrested more than 58,600 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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

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