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For Immediate Release

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October 02, 2012 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
North Carolina Fugitive Captured

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A North Carolina man wanted on Bank Robbery charges by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department was arrested by the United States Marshals Service, Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, and the Hinesville Police Department on October 2, 2012.

Thomas A. Hammond, 46, was wanted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for two alleged bank robberies that occurred in August and September of 2012. The case was referred to the United States Marshals Office Fugitive Task Force in Charlotte for assistance in locating and arresting Hammond. The Charlotte task force generated leads that placed Hammond in Hinesville, Georgia working on Fort Stewart and staying at a local hotel. This information was forwarded to the Savannah office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force for help in locating and arresting Hammond. Further information was found that placed Hammond in the EconoLodge motel on Highway 84 in Hinesville, Georgia. Savannah task force members along with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department and Hinesville Police determined which room Hammond was staying in and found Hammond laying on the bed. Hammond was arrested without incident. Hammond was taken to the Liberty County Jail to await extradition proceedings to send him back to North Carolina.

The uniqueness of the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive apprehension mission gives new meaning to the term “long arm of the law”. On a daily basis, fugitives from one state are caught in other states, which proves that the U.S. Marshals along with our state and local counterparts can reach out and touch wanted fugitives no matter where they might run.

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. In 2011, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 86,000 state and local fugitives, which cleared over 113,000 warrants.

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, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s 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.

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

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