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For Immediate Release

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October 31, 2012 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
North Carolina Fugitive Captured

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A Garden City man wanted on charges of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, by the New Bern, North Carolina Police Department was arrested by the United States Marshals Service, Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on October 31, 2012.

James Antonio King. 26, was wanted by the New Bern, North Carolina Police Department for the Robbery charges. The Savannah Task Force received information that King was wanted on the above charges and verified it through the United States Marshals Office in Raleigh, NC. The Savannah Task Force tracked King to an apartment in the Ponderosa Forest Apartment off Laroche Avenue in Savannah, Ga. Task Force officers searched the apartment and King was found hiding amongst a load of sheets in the Maytag dryer in the apartment. At 5’9” and 150 pounds, that was no small feat. Although his hiding place was somewhat ingenious, when looking for people the task force always looks wherever a person might hide. We have to admit that in this case, the dryer was a good place to hide. King was arrested without incident and transported to the Chatham County Jail, to await extradition back to North Carolina.

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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