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For Immediate Release

October 21, 2010 DUSM Frank Conroy, District of South Carolina
(843) 727-4255
U.S. Marshals Take a Bite Out of Crime, Arrest 4 with the Help of Partnered Agencies

Charleston, SC – The U.S. Marshal led Operation Intercept Fugitive Task Force, working in conjunction with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and North Charleston Police Department, apprehended 4 fugitives during the afternoon and evening hours of October 20.

Gavin Bowman, 34, is charged by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, with assault and battery and larceny. Acting on developed information, investigators traveled to the 500 block of Central Park Avenue where Bowman was walking towards the front door of a residence. Law enforcement placed him into custody without incident and he was transported to the Charleston County jail.

Grover Smith, 36, had two outstanding bench warrants for failing to appear on charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor and Lewd Act on a minor. Investigators found Smith hiding under a bed in a home off of Roberta Road in Summerville. Smith was arrested and transported to the Charleston County jail.

Tristan Cheek, 28, was apprehended after a short foot chase and the assistance of a Charleston County K-9 unit. Cheek was arrested in the 1000 block of East Arctic on Folly Beach after information was developed by investigators as to his location. Cheek is charged with Resisting Arrest and being a Peeping Tom. Cheek was transported to Charleston County jail after being brought to Roper hospital with minor injuries.

Brian White, 34, is charged by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, with Criminal Domestic Violence and Stalking. Investigators located White inside a trailer within the Jericho Trailer Park in Ravenel. White was located hiding under a bed and placed into custody. White was also transported to the Charleston County jail.

“It is not a coincidence that these fugitives were all arrested in the same day. The U.S. Marshals, working alongside their fellow law enforcement officers, diligently and relentlessly investigate until they capture their man or woman and bring them to justice. These arrests are merely a result of that ongoing effort and our commitment to making the community a safer place.” stated Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for South Carolina.

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal year 2009, the Marshals arrested more than 36,400 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants. Marshal’s Service led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 90,800 state and local fugitives, clearing 117,000 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during the same period. More information about the Marshals and other South Carolina fugitives can be found on the web at