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
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.
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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