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For Immediate Release

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January 28, 2014 Stewart Cottingham, Supervisory Inspector (912) 652-4200
Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force - Savannah Division
Alleged Shooting Suspect Arrested in Savannah, GA

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A Savannah man wanted in connection for his involvement in the 2012 Coastal Empire Fair shooting and a 2012 shooting on River Street was captured at a local apartment complex in Savannah, Georgia on January 28, 2014 by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF), the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. On September 11, 2013, Tashard Kelly Orr was indicted on a true bill by a Chatham County grand jury on ten counts of Aggravated Assault, 23 counts of Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, nine counts of Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, two counts of Felony Murder, one count of Carrying a Weapon without a License, one count of Possession of Marijuana Less than an Ounce, one count of Trafficking Marijuana, and two counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony.

Orr had been on the run from the charges in this indictment since September 2013 and is allegedly a member of the Hell Hole Gang. Orr’s arrest caps a 97 count indictment rendered by a Chatham County grand jury that renders a devastating blow to the Hell Hole Gang’s activity in Savannah, Georgia.

Orr’s case was referred to the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on November 20, 2013. An extensive investigation to arrest Orr was conducted by SERFTF. Information was generated on January 28, 2014 that Orr was hiding at an apartment complex on the west side of Savannah, Georgia. SERFTF units and supporting agencies identified and surrounded the apartment. Orr was taken into custody without incident. Orr was transported to the Chatham County Jail for booking.

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 2011, the Marshals apprehended more than 36,200 federal fugitives, clearing approximately 39,400 felony warrants. Marshals-led fugitive task forces arrested 86,400 state and local fugitives in FY 2011, clearing approximately 113,300 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.

In FY2011, SERFTF arrested over 3327 fugitives and cleared 4,949 warrants statewide in Georgia. Since its inception in 2003, SERFTF has sent 20,928 criminals to jail and cleared 31,630 warrants. Locally, the Savannah Division of SERFTF is composed of 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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