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.
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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