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For Immediate Release

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July 03, 2013 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
Florida Fugitive Captured in Savannah

Savannah, GA – A Florida man wanted on multiple sex offenses by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was arrested in Savannah, Georgia by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on July 3, 2013.

Johnathan Martin Lewis, 25, was wanted by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on multiple sex offenses involving a child that happened over a period of five years was arrested in the 200 Block of Chatham Street on Savannah’s southside this morning.

The case was referred to the Jacksonville Office of the United States Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend Lewis in early June 2013. An extensive investigation was conducted by the Marshals Task Force and information was generated that Lewis had fled the Jacksonville area and was possibly in the Savannah, Georgia area. This information was forwarded to the Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on July 2, 2013. The Savannah Task Force conducted an intensive investigation and located Lewis at the above referenced address. Lewis was arrested without incident and taken to the Chatham County Jail to await extradition proceedings back to Florida. Case particulars should be directed to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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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