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For Immediate Release

April 27, 2011 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina      
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U.S. Marshals Arrest Henry Gunnells Before Sunrise

Columbia, SC - Henry Martin Gunnells, Jr., 32, was arrested by the US Marshals led fugitive task force, Operation Intercept (OPIN), before sunrise off of Pooles Mill Road in Swansea, SC.  Gunnells was sought by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office for Assault & Battery High & Aggravated Nature.
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of OPIN in locating and apprehending Gunnells.  OPIN received the request on April 18, 2011 and developed information Gunnells was residing in a mobile home off of Pooles Mill Road.  Acting on this information Deputy U.S. Marshals, Lexington, Richland, Sumter, and Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with SLED and Sumter Police Officers arrested Gunnells inside the residence after awakening him from his slumber. Gunnells was transported to the Orangeburg County Detention Center where he awaits court proceedings.

Kelvin Washington, US Marshal for the District of South Carolina, stated: “Removing these fugitives from our communities is a priority.  This should be a sign to those running and attempting to hide in South Carolina to “look over their shoulder” because the U.S. Marshals and our law enforcement partners will work diligently to bring you to justice.”

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2010, the Marshals arrested more than 36,100 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 11,072 sex offenders.  Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 81,900 state and local fugitives, clearing 108,200 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period.

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