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For Immediate Release

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July 22, 2014 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
Florida Fugitive Captured in Vidalia, Georgia

SRFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A Fort Pierce, Florida man wanted for Attempted Murder in the 1st Degree by Firearm by the Fort Pierce Police Department was arrested in Vidalia, Georgia by the United States Marshals Service Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Toombs County Sheriff’s Department, and the Vidalia Police Department on July 22, 2014.

Jaspah Dwaun Simmons, 20, was wanted by the Fort Pierce, Florida Police Department on a charge of Attempted Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm for an incident that happen on September 23, 2013, in Fort Pierce, Florida.

The case was referred to the Fort Pierce Office of the United States Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend Simmons. An extensive investigation was conducted by the Marshals Task Force and information was generated that Simmons had fled Fort Pierce and was possibly in the Vidalia, Georgia area. This information was forwarded to the Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on July 21, 2014. The Savannah Task Force conducted an investigation and located Simmons in Vidalia, Georgia with the assistance of the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and the Vidalia Police Department. Simmons was arrested and found to be in possession of a loaded 12 gauge shotgun. Two other men were also arrested pending additional charges. Simmons was taken to the Toombs County Jail to await court proceedings on the local charges and extradition proceedings back to Florida.

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 10,000 state, local, and federal fugitives, which cleared over 190,000 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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