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For Immediate Release

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January 06, 2014 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
Christmas Eve Homicide Suspect Captured

SERFTF logoSavannah, GA – A Savannah man wanted for Murder and Aggravated Assault by the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) was arrested in Savannah, Georgia by the United States Marshals Service Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and members of the SCMPD Precinct 3 Tactical Investigations Unit on January 6, 2014.

Maurice Jamar Bentley, 31, was wanted by the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department on charges of murder and aggravated assault for an incident that happen on December 24, 2013 in the 800 Block of Elliot Avenue in Savannah, Georgia.

The case was referred to the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend Bentley. An extensive investigation was conducted by the Marshals Task Force and information was generated that Bentley was possibly in an apartment in the Presidential Plaza Apartment Complex. Marshals Task Force members and the SCMPD Tactical Investigations Unit went to the upstairs apartment. While trying to gain entry, Bentley was observed trying to open a back bedroom window to jump out. When Bentley got the window opened he observed officers in the backyard and decided not to jump. Investigators made it into the back bedroom and arrested Bentley without incident. Bentley will be interviewed by Homicide Detectives and then taken to the Chatham County jail to await court proceedings. For further details of the case, please contact SCMPD Homicide Division.

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 2013 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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