Thursday, August 27, 2015

U.S. Marshals Arrest Georgia Murder Suspect

Fugitive Task Force Makes Fourth Homicide Arrest in Past Week

Norfolk, VA – Another homicide suspect has been taken off the streets. A man wanted for murder in Georgia was found hiding right here in Hampton Roads. 20-year-old Steve Anthony Fort was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Suffolk this afternoon.

On July 21, 2015, it is alleged that Fort shot a man to death during an armed robbery in Macon, Georgia. Investigators identified Fort as the suspect and he was charged with murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping. At approximately 2:00 p.m. today, the U.S. Marshals in Georgia developed information that Fort may be hiding at a home in Suffolk and immediately contacted the U.S. Marshals in Norfolk.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force quickly responded to the 6000 block of Old College Drive in Suffolk and set up in positions around the suspect residence. After confirming the wanted fugitive was inside of the suspect residence, which belonged to a friend of Fort, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force took Fort into custody without incident around 3:30 p.m.

This is the fourth homicide suspect arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Hampton Roads during the past week. On Friday, Aldin Mitchell and Santono Barnes were arrested, and just yesterday Theron Hammond was arrested.

Fort will be held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail while awaiting extradition to Georgia.

The U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, 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 33,700 federal fugitives, 71,000 state and local fugitives and 11,600 sex offenders in 2014. 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.

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