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For Immediate Release

May 15, 2009 Southern District of Ohio
Thomas Genz
Local murder suspect captured in Canton, OH
Columbus, Ohio – Southern District of Ohio United States Marshal James Wahlrab, Northern District of Ohio United States Marshal Peter Elliott, and Columbus Division of Police Chief Walter Distelzweig announce the arrest of murder suspect George Holston III. Holston was arrested at a home in Canton, OH. Holston is charged with the murder of Gerald Fuller. According to the criminal complaint, on December 20, 2008, Holston and the victim got into an altercation at a home on in Columbus. Holston allegedly took out a handgun and shot the victim in the chest. Holston was formally charged with the murder on December 22, 2008, and he was one of the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers 10 most wanted fugitives.

Apprehension responsibility for Holston was turned over to the U.S. Marshals led Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST). Information was developed indicating that Holston had fled the Columbus area, and was hiding out near Canton, OH. A lead was sent to the U.S. Marshals in Akron, Ohio, and the U.S. Marshals led Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Holston today. “The apprehension of George Holston was given the highest priority by the U.S. Marshals due to the violent nature of the crime alleged and because of the potential for him to harm other victims while he remained at large,” said U.S. Marshal James Wahlrab. “We have offices all across the country and this arrest by the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force illustrates that, in the long run, there really is nowhere to hide.”

S.O.F.A.S.T. is a multi-agency fugitive apprehension team that is comprised of the following law enforcement agencies in the Columbus area: U. S. Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Grove City Police Department, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, U.S. Department of Agriculture – OIG, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Division of Fire, Reynoldsburg Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Grandview Heights Police Department, Lancaster Police Department, and the Worthington Police Department.

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