Saint Marys, Georgia - The U. S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) of Savannah, Georgia and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested fugitive Gerald L. Warren this morning at an apartment complex in Saint Marys, Georgia. Warren was being sought by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida on a bench warrant on the alleged charges of Sexual Battery of a Child (3 counts), Attempted Sexual Battery with a Child, Sexual Activity with a Child, and Incest. After an extensive fugitive investigation in Florida, Orange County authorities and U. S. Marshals determined that Warren had fled to Georgia.
The U. S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Savannah, Georgia was contacted with this information by Florida authorities. On February 23, 2015, SERFTF established surveillance on a residence in Saint Marys, Georgia. SERFTF personnel surrounded the house and knocked on the door. A male voice answered after the knock, and SERFTF personnel said it was the police. After a few minutes, the male voice was replaced by a female at the door. The female acknowledged that Warren was somewhere in the residence. SERFTF personnel conducted a protective sweep of the building and found Warren behind a bathroom door.
Warren was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Camden County Jail to await extradition proceedings to Florida. Warren has an extensive criminal history to include arrests for Robbery, Burglary/Larceny, Weapons, Rape, Narcotics, Escape, and other miscellaneous offenses. In all, he has over 30 arrests on his criminal history.
Since its inception in 2003, investigations carried out by the SERFTF have resulted in the apprehension of more than 20,000 violent fugitives in the state of Georgia. Of these arrests, more than 1,100 were fugitives wanted for homicide. The successful initiative is led by the U.S. Marshals Service and combines federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
The SERFTF has offices in Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah that cover the entire state of Georgia. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, gang members, sex offenders, and other felonies. In 2013, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 90,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.