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For Immediate Release

April 10, 2009 Hector Gomez, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Texas (512) 916-5393
Williamson County Fugitive of 18 Years Arrested in South Carolina
LSFTF LogoAustin, TX – On April 4th, 2009, after 18 years as a fugitive, Edward Charles Woods was captured by members of the United States Marshals Service, Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force in Columbia, South Carolina.

Woods was arrested and charged with Indecency with a Child in Williamson County in 1990. Woods was subsequently released on bond. On May 23, 1991, Woods failed to show up for court proceedings in the case, and that is when his 18 year run from justice began.

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin recently began investigating the Woods case and determined Woods had changed his name to Edward Charles Aikens after he fled Williamson County and was living in South Carolina. The task force in Austin contacted the US Marshals led Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force in South Carolina and they determined that Woods was living in Columbia, SC. After several days of surveillance, the task force arrested Woods at his home without incident.

Woods is currently being held at the Lexington County Detention Center where he is awaiting extradition to Williamson County, Texas.

LaFayette Collins, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “The arrest of Woods demonstrates the long arm of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, and that even after 18 years on the run, fugitives who choose to flee the central Texas area will be caught and brought back to Texas to face the consequences of their crimes.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin are the Austin Police Department – Intelligence Unit, Williamson County Constable -Precinct 2, Williamson County District Attorney’s Office, Hays, Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Departments, Texas Rangers, and the U.S. Marshals Service.