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For Immediate Release

March 01, 2010 Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Marshals Task Force Capture Man Wanted for Strangulation and other Assault Charges
Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a man today who is wanted on multiple assault and battery charges where he allegedly tried to strangle the victim several times while continuously beating her. 26 year-old Foster Jermall Gibbs - wanted by Escambia Sheriff’s Office - was arrested without incident at a home on the 3700 Block of Theresa Street in Pensacola at about 1:15 p.m. Deputy Marshals along with Task Force Officers from Escambia and Okaloosa Sheriff’s Offices, and a K9 Task Force Officer from Pensacola Police Department were assisted by Escambia Patrol deputies. The warrant charges Gibbs with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery Using a Deadly Weapon, Battery or Domestic Battery by Strangulation, Burglary with Assault or Battery and Property Damage – Criminal Mischief.

According to police reports, the 6’ 1”, 240 lb. Gibbs, kicked in the front door of the victim’s house around 1 a.m. on the 24th of last month and attacked the victim while she was in bed. He pulled her hair then “began grabbing her around the throat, placing his hand around her mouth and nose so she was unable to breathe”. The victim tried to run away several times but each time he caught her. One time he grabbed her by the hair again and then “got on top of her and began striking her with both closed and opened fists, striking her in the face and the back of the head,” The report also states that he kicked her and grabbed a knife from the kitchen and threatened to kill her. Instead, he grabbed something off a dresser and struck her in the head. The victim tried to scream for help but he allegedly put his hand around her throat and started kicking and striking her. At one point, Gibbs supposedly used a piece of the broken door frame and struck the victim before she finally escaped. The report also indicates that the victim’s children were home during the attack. Gibbs was brought to Escambia Jail.

“Because of the extreme threat of violence he posed to the community we made him public enemy #1 until we tracked him down and locked him up,” said Supervisory Inspector Ross Hebert with the Task Force.

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