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For Immediate Release

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October 06, 2011 Dominic Guadagnoli
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Arrest Woman Wanted for Helping Murder Suspect

Geneva County, AL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force caught up with a Walton County, FL woman suspected of assisting a murder suspect by moving the body of the victim, burning his bloody clothes and then hiding the suspect from police in a hotel room where she worked. Sara Golden Hanks, 30, of Defuniak Springs was apprehended at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday in Samson, AL. Hanks is being charged with Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder. Hanks charges stem from a Walton County, FL homicide that occurred on July 21, 2010, where Hanks’ then boyfriend, Ira Randall, was arrested in Okaloosa County, FL by the Florida Regional Fugitive Force for the Homicide of Robert James Dickens. Randall is currently in the Walton County Jail and is scheduled for trial next month.

While the Task Force was conducting their investigation trying to find Hanks, they learned that she was possibly armed with a small caliber handgun and had threatened to shoot law enforcement. They also learned that she may be staying in Geneva County with her paramour’s family and possibly involved in methamphetamine manufacturing. Last week the Florida Marshals Task Force contacted the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) and asked for their help. Yesterday the Marshals Task Force coordinated with the GCRFTF and the Geneva county Sheriff’s Office and went to a home on the 7000 Block of West Highway 52 to find Hanks. Once there, they found Hanks’ paramour outside with a chain saw. He complied with Task Force Officer’s commands to get on the ground as well as other people at the residence who were asked to exit the home. However, Hanks would not come outside and Task Force Officers and Geneva County deputies went inside the house and found Hanks hiding and arrested her without further incident. Hanks was booked into the Geneva County Jail and is pending extradition back to Walton County Florida.

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

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