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For Immediate Release

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December 06, 2013 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
Savannah Fair Shooter Captured

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A Savannah man wanted in connection for the 2012 Coastal Empire Fair shooting on multiple charges to include Aggravated Assault and Murder by the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department was arrested in Hampton County, South Carolina by the United States Marshals Service Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on December 6, 2013.

Jashavious Keel, 20, was wanted by the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department in connection with the 2102 Costal Empire Fair shooting and other charges. Keel was indicted by a Chatham County Grand Jury in September 2013 for the following charges: 2 counts of Felony Murder, 8 counts of Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, 5 counts of Aggravated Assault, 3 counts of Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime, Carrying a weapon without a license, Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce, and Giving False Information to Law Enforcement.

The case was referred to the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend Keel. An extensive investigation was conducted by the Marshals Task Force and information was generated that Keel had fled Savannah and was possibly in the Hampton County, SC area. While in the Hampton County area of Highway 68 and I-95, the Task Force members generated information that Keel was in a vehicle in that area. The Task Force members located the vehicle and Keel was arrested without incident. Keel was transported to the Hampton County Jail to await extradition back to Georgia.

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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