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For Immediate Release

December 22, 2011 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina
(803) 765-5479
Holiday Cheer Came Early for Alabama Escapee

Greenville, SC - The U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept (OPIN) fugitive task force announces the arrest of Jonathan Nathaniel Golden in a local hotel off of I-85 and Pelham Road on Wednesday. Golden along with four other inmates escaped from the Elmore County Jail in Wetumpka, Alabama on December 14. Golden went on crime spree from Alabama to South Carolina to include stealing a car with firearms inside and fleeing the area.

OPIN was contacted by the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) early Wednesday morning requesting assistance. Deputy US Marshals along with Sheriff Deputies and K-9 teams from Greenville County and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents acting on a tip began an investigation into the whereabouts of Golden. Information provided showed the stolen vehicle had been spotted in the Pelham Road area. OPIN responded to the area and discovered the vehicle in a local hotel parking lot and set up surveillance. Further investigation revealed Golden was staying at the hotel under the assumed name of Corry Lykes.

After determining the correct room where Golden was staying in, OPIN attempted to make contact. Golden refused to open the door and OPIN made entry and took Golden into custody without incident. Golden was transported to the Greenville County Detention Center where he awaits extradition proceedings to be returned to Alabama.

“Fleeing from law enforcement is something OPIN takes seriously. The prudent investigation by Alabama and OPIN has brought another fugitive to justice with the arrest of this escapee. Golden is not a stranger to the judicial system as he has a criminal history stemming back to 1998. I send holiday greetings to all the law enforcement partners aiding in this case, and applaud the due diligence to bring this escaped fugitive to justice.” stated Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina.

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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