News Banner

For Immediate Release

August 04, 2014 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
South Carolina Fugitive Captured in Savannah

SRFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A Savannah man wanted for seven violent felonies including murder by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office in Charleston, South Carolina was arrested in Savannah, Georgia by the Savannah Office of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on August 4, 2014.

James Torres Wright, 24, was wanted by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office on seven violent felony charges which include: Murder, Attempted Murder, Burglary, Weapons Offenses, Accessory before the fact of Attempted Murder and Accessory to Burglary. All of the charges were committed in a span of three days between July 11 -13, 2014.

The case was referred to the Charleston, South Carolina U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept Fugitive Task for assistance in locating and arresting Wright. Operation Intercept investigators conducted an extensive investigation and determined that Wright had fled the area and possibly returned to Savannah, Georgia.

This information was then forwarded to the Savannah Marshals Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Wright. An investigation was conducted by the Savannah Marshals Task Force and information was generated that Wright was possibly in the Yamacraw Village area of Savannah, Georgia. The task force narrowed the location to an apartment at 1163 Yamacraw Village. Investigators surrounded the apartment building and met the resident of the apartment. The resident called Wright and he surrendered to the Task Force and was arrested without incident. Wright was transported to the Chatham County Jail to await extradition proceedings to send him back to South Carolina.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined. In 2013, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 10,000 state, local, and federal fugitives, which cleared over 190,000 warrants.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of investigators from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department, the Hampton County Sheriff’s Department, and the United States Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at


America’s Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency