Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bryan County Fugitive Captured

Savannah, GA – An Ellabell man wanted for Aggravated Assault and Theft by Taking by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department was arrested in Albany, New York by the United States Marshals Service Albany, New York Division of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force on April 24, 2014.

Henry Gaines, 27, was wanted by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department on the above charges from two incidents that happened in January 2014, in Ellabell, Georgia. Gaines went on the run at that time and his whereabouts were unknown.

The case was referred to the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend Gaines. An extensive investigation was conducted by the Savannah Marshals Task Force and information was generated that Gaines was possibly in the Albany, New York area. Gaines has numerous relatives in Albany, New York. This information was passed the Marshals New York/New Jersey Regional Task Force to locate and arrest Gaines. Of the several addresses provided by the Savannah Task Force, the New York/New Jersey developed the address of 630 South Pearl St Apartment C as an address for Gaines’ cousin. New York /New Jersey Task Force members went to the address and found Gaines hiding under a bed. Gaines was arrested without incident and taken to a local jail in Albany, New York to await extradition back to Bryan County, Georgia. This case illustrates the interagency cooperation of the Marshals Service Regional Task Force and gives new meaning to the term “Long Arm of the Law”. The U.S. Marshals will chase and arrest fugitives wherever they can be found.

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 86,000 state and local fugitives, which cleared over 113,000 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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