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For Immediate Release

June 05, 2012 U.S. Marshal Robert 'Bobby' Mathieson,
Eastern District of Virginia (703) 837-5500
U.S. Marshals Announce the Capture of Carter Tillery

Richmond, VA - U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson announces the arrest of Carter Tillery today in Houston, Texas, shortly after 12:00pm today (CST). Tillery was wanted for violation of Title 18 United States Code, section 751 (a), escape from the custody of the Attorney General of the United States.

Tillery was serving a 30 year federal sentence for armed robbery with a projected release date of September 30, 2036, when he was mistakenly released from state custody on May 17, 2012. The USMS-Ied Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force began looking for Tillery on May 25th , the day the mistake was discovered.

Over the past 11 days, Deputy U.S. Marshals and their fugitive task force partners worked around the clock to locate Tillery. Leads were investigated in Virginia, Arizona, California, Oklahoma and Texas. A lead request was sent to the USMS Gulf Coast Violent Offenders & Fugitive Task Force yesterday and they hit the streets at 5:00 am today conducting surveillance of a known associate's apartment. The team arrested Tillery inside of this apartment without incident seven hours later.

Tillery will be presented before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Texas on the Eastern District of Virginia escape warrant. He will eventually return to the Eastern District of Virginia - Richmond Division to face the charge. Upon conclusion of the case, he will be returned to the federal Bureau of Prisons to serve the remainder of his 30 year sentence.

Marshal Mathieson would like to thank the USMS investigators and our state and local task force partners in the five states where this investigation led - especially the USMS office for the Southern District of Texas and the members of the USMS Gulf Coast Violent Offenders & Fugitive Task Force.

Members of the task force include the Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff's Office, Harris County Constable Precinct 4, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of Inspector General and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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