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September 05, 2013 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
Wheeler County Escapee Captured

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A Wheeler County man wanted for Parole Violation and other charges who escaped from the Wheeler County Jail on September 3, 2013 was arrested in Hazelhurst, Georgia by the Savannah Office of United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Department around 1:00am on September 5, 2013.

Raymond Solomon, 25, was wanted by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole for parole violation and by the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Department fled from the Wheeler County Jail on the afternoon of September 3, 2013. The case was referred to the Marshal’s Task Force for help in arresting Solomon. The Fugitive Task Force along with both the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Department and Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Departments conducted an extensive investigation which led them to a home in Hazelhurst, Georgia. The law enforcement agencies converged on the home at 1am this morning and Solomon was arrested without incident. Through the combined efforts of law enforcement a dangerous felon was taken off the street.

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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