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For Immediate Release

June 21, 2012 Dominic Guadagnoli, Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Tennessee Man Wanted On Multiple Aggravated Sexual Battery Charges

Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force captured a Tennessee fugitive this afternoon who is wanted on four counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery. Shannon Lee Russell of Forest Park Drive, Pensacola, is wanted by law enforcement in McMinn County, TN for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl over a five year period. The 42-year old Russell was arrested at 4:30 p.m. at his home today without incident. The warrant was issued in December of 2011 and the Marshals believe that Russell has been in Pensacola since late summer or early fall of last year. The U.S. Marshals from the Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force in Chattanooga, TN contacted the Task Force in Pensacola late yesterday requesting their assistance. The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force quickly identified Russell’s whereabouts and began conducting surveillance. Russell was not at home at the time and was not seen there until this afternoon. Russell is originally from Etowah, TN.

Russell was booked into the Escambia County Jail and although the warrant holds a $150,000 bond, he will be held there as a fugitive from justice until his return to Tennessee.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a fugitive can text “TIP411” or “847411” and enter the key word “USMFL”, or they can go to:, or go to the US Marshals Web site:, click on “Apprehending Fugitives”, and then “Fugitive Task Forces” where a link can be found for the FRFTF’s web page.

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