Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Alabama Murder Suspect Captured

Savannah, GA – An Alabama man wanted on Murder and Armed Robbery charges was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) Patrol units on April 14, 2013 in the Turtle Creek Apartment complex.

Kiunte Jerome Furr, 18, was wanted by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for capital murder charges which occurred during an armed robbery on April 9, 2013. The case was referred to the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Birmingham, Alabama for assistance in locating and arresting Furr. The Gulf Coast Task Force generated information that Furr could be in the Savannah, GA area, possibly at 516 Vinson Street possibly with a Broderick Davis. This information was passed to the Savannah Task Force, who went to the address early on Sunday April 14, 2013 to find Furr. While talking to the residents of the Vinson Street address, Task Force officers determined that the female resident, Sherita Bellinger sent a text message to her son Broderick Davis, who was staying with his girlfriend in Turtle Creek apartments to alert him that the Marshals were at her home. Marshals’ Task Force Officers and SCMPD officers immediately went to the Turtle Creek apartments. Broderick Davis was seen walking in the parking lot of the complex in a suspicious manner and was stopped by officers. Other Marshals Task Force Officers drove through the complex and saw an individual milling around one of the dumpsters in a suspicious manner and confronted the subject. The suspicious subject matched the description and photo of Kiunte Furr, and he was immediately arrested. Furr was taken to the SCMPD headquarters to be interviewed by SCMPD homicide detectives and will then be taken to the Chatham County jail to await extradition proceedings to send him back to Alabama. Sherita Bellinger was also arrested for Obstruction by Hindering Apprehension of a fugitive and taken to the Chatham County.

Through excellent coordination and cooperation between Task Forces and our local law enforcement partners, another dangerous felon was captured. Fugitive apprehension is a 24/7 operation and the Marshals Task Forces and our local law enforcement partners are there to capture these dangerous fugitives regardless of the day of the week or hour of the day.

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 2012, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested 86,704 state and local fugitives, which cleared over 114,000 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.

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