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For Immediate Release

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August 14, 2013 Stewart Cottingham, Supervisory Inspector
Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force - Savannah (912) 652-4200;
Tommy Long, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of Georgia - Savannah (912) 652-4200
Florida Attempted Murder and Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested by U. S. Marshals

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA - A Tallahassee, Florida woman is behind bars after being captured by the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office at a home in Douglas, Georgia. Tamika Shanshae Reese was wanted by the Tallahassee, Florida Police Department on charges of Attempted Felony Murder, Robbery With a Firearm, Burglary of a Dwelling With Assault or Battery, Aggravated Battery With a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and False Imprisonment. On August 13, 2013, U. S. Marshals and Coffee County deputies identified a home in Douglas, Georgia being frequented by Reese. U. S. Marshals and Coffee County deputies surrounded the home. Upon entry into the residence, Reese was located hiding inside a couch in the living room of the home. Reese was arrested without further incident.

Reese’s charges stem from an alleged home invasion committed by Reese and an accomplice on January 15, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. During the home invasion, Reese allegedly shot and tortured the homeowner. The motive for the crimes appears to be robbery. The Tallahassee Police Department contacted the United States Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force for assistance to locate and arrest Reese. The trail led to Douglas, Georgia. Upon notification by Florida authorities, the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force quickly sprang into action and identified a home associated with Reese and took her into custody.

Reese has an extensive criminal history. She was released from state prison in 2011 after serving a sentence for attempted murder and armed robbery of a clerk at a Florida gas station. Her 19 prior arrests include: Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer, Inciting a Riot, Aggravated Battery With a Deadly Weapon, Robbery, False Imprisonment, and Escape.

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive investigations. In fiscal year 2012, the Marshals apprehended 36,302 federal fugitives, clearing approximately 39,423 felony warrants. Marshals-led fugitive task forces arrested 86,704 state and local fugitives in FY 2012, clearing approximately 114,311 state and local felony warrants.

The U. S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) was created by the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000. Congress recognized the U. S. Marshals expertise in tracking and apprehending dangerous fugitives and ordered the creation of regional fugitive task forces (RFTFs) in core cities throughout the country. Via this mandate, SERFTF was created in 2003 and has offices in Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah to assist state, county, and local agencies as a central investigative base to identify, locate and apprehend dangerous offenders.

Locally, the Savannah Division of SERFTF is composed of U. S. Marshals and state and local law enforcement officers from the Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Parole, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office, and the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office.

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

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