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For Immediate Release

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December 15, 2011 U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Task Force
Chief Inspector Jason Grunwald, (213) 798-6072;
Supervisory Inspector Shannon Robinson, (312) 617-9803
50,000 Arrests and Counting …
U.S. Marshals Task Force Reaches Milestone

Chicago, IL – Established eight years ago to combine the talent and resources of a variety of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies toward apprehending dangerous fugitives, the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, based here, recently netted its 50,000th arrest.

Serving the states of Illinois, Indiana and part of Wisconsin, the task force accounts for roughly 9,000 arrests annually – or 10 percent of all arrests made by the U.S. Marshals nationwide.

“Reaching a milestone such as this only further demonstrates to the public our task force’s commitment day in and day out to bringing violent offenders in our community to justice, “ said Chief Inspector Jason Grunwald, Task Force Commander. “We, as a task force, don’t take a day off from locating and arresting these fugitives as we know their propensity, as long as they are out there, to victimize the citizens of our community through their ongoing criminal activity.”

The GLRFTF is congressionally-funded, with the mission to partner with state and local agencies to identify and apprehend the community’s most violent and heinous offenders. The GLRFTF has partnered with agencies throughout the state of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin to include eight federal agencies and more than 40 state and local law enforcement agencies. They are comprised of approximately 204 law enforcement officers who are assigned to the task force.

Nationally, the U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for conducting fugitive investigations and plays a critical role in implementing the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction strategy.

“With 50,000 arrests to its credit, the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force is a prime example of effective policing and cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement, said Stacia Hylton, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service. “The Marshals Service is committed to protecting our communities and our children. Our network of seven regional fugitive task forces and 75 district task forces nationwide is a true force-multiplier, and the result is that we arrested over 122,000 violent felons, gang members, and sexual predators, last year.”

Some of the more significant arrests in which the task force has been involved include the 2004 arrest of Justin Chapman, wanted for the death of a 7-year-old girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet during a drive-by shooting. The GLRFTF was also involved in the capture of the three violent inmates who escaped from the Indiana State Penitentiary in Michigan City, Ind., in July 2009. In March 2007, GLRFTF investigators also were able to arrest Daniel Rappe in Willowbrook, IL. Rappe, a former officer with the Dupage County Sheriff’s Department, was wanted by authorities for failing to register as a sex offender based on his sexual abuse convictions in 1986 and 1989. Rappe became the 1st person in the State of Illinois to be federally convicted under the Adam Walsh Act. More recently, the task force took the lead in the capture of fugitive Michael Smith, wanted in connection with the November 2011 murder of Reginald Lanier, who was working as an Aldi security guard during an attempted robbery of the store. Smith, a known member of the Gangster Disciples street gang, was captured in Wisconsin by the GLRFTF. Smith’s capture became the GLRFTF’s 50,000th arrest since its inception.

“The Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force has distinguished itself in federal law enforcement by placing an emphasis on not only fugitive apprehension but also by focusing on the reduction of violent crime - targeting the worst of the worst fugitive felons, violent and noncompliant sex offenders, gang members and narcotics traffickers,” Grunwald said. Included in the 50,000 arrests are more than 1,600 fugitives arrested for homicide and more than 4,600 individuals wanted on sex offense violations. In addition, the task force executed the arrests of more than 15,000 fugitive felons for narcotics violations and has arrested more than 3,600 individuals with known gang affiliations.

The GLRFTF has offices in Chicago; Hammond, Ind.; Champaign, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; East St. Louis, Ill.; South Bend, Ind.; Indianapolis and Milwaukee.

In addition to the 50,000 fugitive felons captured, the task force has seized more than 3,000 kilograms of narcotics, more than 60 vehicles, more than 1,200 weapons and more than $ 2.5 million in cash.

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

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