GA – A man wanted by the Georgia Department of Correction was arrested
by the arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional
Fugitive Task Force on August 4, 2010.
Robert Baker Jr, 30, was wanted by the Georgia Department of Corrections for
escape. Baker was sentenced in 2004 in Wayne County to seven years in
custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections, having been convicted on
an arson charge. Baker had been released from prison and was residing at the
Coastal Transitional Center, before being released. Baker went to work on
July 29th, 2010 as he is required to do and failed to return to the center
after work. A warrant was issued for escape.
The case was referred to the United States Marshals Service Savannah Office
of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Baker. An
extensive investigation was conducted by the Marshals Task Force and
numerous leads were worked to try and find Baker. Investigators received
developed information that led them to the various hotels on Highway 17
South in Savannah, Georgia. On August 4, 2010, the Marshals Fugitive Task
Force received information that placed Baker in a room at the Scottish Inn
at Highway 204 and I-95 in southwest Chatham County. Task Force Officers
were in route to the hotel and saw Baker standing at the southbound ramp of
I-95 and Highway 204, panhandling for money from motorists. Task Force
officers approached Baker and he was arrested without incident. Baker was
transported to Coastal State Prison.
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.
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 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. In 2009,
U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 90,000 state and local
fugitives on felony charges..
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