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For Immediate Release

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August 02, 2013 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
North Carolina Fugitive Captured

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A North Carolina man wanted for Rape and Assault by the Wilmington, North Carolina Police Department was arrested in Savannah, Georgia by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on August 2, 2013.

Josue Javier Fernandez-Barrios, 21, was wanted by the Wilmington Police Department on charges of rape and assault that happened over the weekend of July 27/28, 2013 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The case was referred to the U.S. Marshals in Wilmington, NC to locate and arrest Fernandez-Barrios. The North Carolina Marshals developed information that Fernandez-Barrios might have taken a Greyhound bus from Wilmington, NC to Savannah, GA possibly arriving late on August 1st, 2013 and that he could possibly be in the area of the Thunderbird Motel and the Savannah Bus Station. This information was passed to the Savannah Task Force early this morning and task force members went the area of the bus station in Savannah, GA. One of the Savannah Task Force members observed a subject matching Fernanadez-Barrios’ description sitting on a wall on the Oglethorpe Avenue side of the bus station. Additional Task Force members arrived and the subject was immediately arrested. Fernandez-Barrios admitted his identity. Further information from North Carolina indicated that Fernandez-Barrios might have been en route to Miami, Florida. Fernandez-Barrios had a bus ticket in his pocket, but it is not known if it was to go to Miami. Fernandez-Barrios was arrested without incident and taken to the Chatham County Jail to await extradition proceedings 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 2012 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, 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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