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For Immediate Release

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March 20, 2013 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
Pennsylvania Man Arrested in Jesup

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A Pennsylvania man wanted on multiple charges by the Philadelphia Police Department was arrested by the United States Marshals Service, Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department in Jesup, Georgia on March 20, 2013.

Bernard Ducksworth, 43, is wanted by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Police Department on numerous sex offenses, to include Statutory Sexual Assault on warrants dated July 30, 2012. The case was referred to the United States Marshals Service in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for assistance in locating and arresting Ducksworth. The Philadelphia Marshals task force generated leads that placed Ducksworth in the Jesup, Georgia area. Additional information was generated that placed Ducksworth as working for an Engineering Company contracted at ITT Rayonier. This information was passed to the Savannah Office of the Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force for assistance in arresting Ducksworth. Savannah Task Force members along with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and with the assistance of the Engineering Company and ITT Rayonier arrested Ducksworth without incident. Ducksworth was taken to the Wayne County Jail to await extradition proceedings to send him back to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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 2012, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 86,000 state and local fugitives, which cleared over 114,000 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, the Hampton 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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