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For Immediate Release

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November 27, 2012 Eastern District of Michigan, Kevin J. Pettit
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer (313) 234-5623
Marshal’s New Tip Capabilities Net 23 Year Fugitive

Detroit, MI – The Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team (DFAT) has made its first arrest using the new TIP411 system that it rolled out a few weeks ago. Shannon Gene Ring, 46 years old, of Monroe, Michigan, was arrested by the Marshals led DFAT earlier today. The arrest came as a direct result of a tip received via the new texting tip service recently. Ring was wanted in Monroe County from 1989 for Failure to Appear for a Probation Violation with the underlying charge being Manufacture and Deliver a Controlled Substance (Marijuana). Ring was arrested in the 400 block of Antoinette in the City of Detroit without incident. He had only been back in Michigan from California for a day when DFAT received the text tip. He was transported to Monroe County Jail and will appear in court within the next few days.

Under the new texting tip system the Task Force is now able to receive anonymous tips from the public via text message. Tipsters are now able to send a tip to the Task Force by texting keyword “DFAT” and your tip to 847411 (tip411).The technology is available from a company called Citizen Observer which specializes in providing this service to law enforcement agencies. Their service guarantees that the tipster and the tipster’s phone number remain anonymous to the law enforcement agency unless the tipster chooses to identify themselves.

The U.S. Marshal led Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team has brought together some of the best federal, state, and local fugitive hunters in the Eastern District of Michigan. Coupled with this new technology, DFAT fugitive hunters will be even more formidable.

U.S. Marshal Robert M Grubbs stated, “This new tool provides the public with yet another method of delivering valuable information to our Task Force to utilize when pursuing these wanted fugitives. We are optimistic that this will lead to many more arrests as our tip phone line has thus far.”

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

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