Norfolk, VA – United States Marshal Robert W. Mathieson announces the capture of Teon Garland. Garland had been on the run for over one year, with an outstanding warrant out of Portsmouth for Carnal Knowledge.
In December 2013, it is alleged that Garland sexually assaulted a female under the age of sixteen while at a residence in Portsmouth. Garland was indicted in August 2014 in relation to this incident, and was charged with Carnal Knowledge. When Garland failed to appear in court to face these charges, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
With Garland still trying to evade capture nearly two years after the alleged incident, Portsmouth Police Department asked for the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in January, 2015. Deputy Marshals quickly began investigating Garland’s whereabouts. Early in the investigation, the U.S. Marshals in Wilmington, North Carolina were contacted by the U.S. Marshals in Norfolk to assist with the manhunt when it appeared that Garland had possibly fled to their state. Information developed by the U.S. Marshals in Wilmington showed that Garland was still hiding out in Hampton Roads.
With the investigation narrowed down to the Hampton Roads area, Deputy Marshals in Norfolk were able to close in on Garland. On the afternoon of March 3rd, 2015, Garland was observed entering a residence on Swanson Parkway in Portsmouth. After seeing their fugitive, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Detectives from the Portsmouth Fugitive Unit quickly moved in to bring Garland’s year and a half flight from justice to an end. Deputy Marshals and Portsmouth Detectives took Garland into custody without incident in the entry way of the residence.
Garland is currently being held at Portsmouth City Jail.
The U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Department, Newport News Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Norfolk Police Department. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding federal and state warrants.
The U.S. Marshals Service, America’s oldest federal law enforcement agency, arrested more than 36,050 federal fugitives, 74,000 state and local fugitives and 11,800 sex offenders in 2013. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country.