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For Immediate Release

Contact:
June 19, 2009 Northern District of Florida
Assistant Chief Deputy Frank Chiumento (850) 942-8395;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force Arrests
Wakulla County “Most Wanted Fugitive”
Tallahassee, FL – After an exhaustive three day manhunt, members of the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and investigators from the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 21 year old Stephen Michael Krimmel of Crawfordville, FL for the offenses of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Narcotics Possession. The charges stem from an incident which occurred in Wakulla County, FL on June 10, 2009 when Krimmel was found in possession of 23 stolen firearms during a traffic stop. Krimmel fled on foot from the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office after a deputy saw Krimmel fumbling with several handguns in the passenger side floorboard of the vehicle. The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force after learning that Krimmel had fled the Wakulla County area following the incident.

Krimmel, a self described Folk Nation Gangster Disciple, had recently been released in February 2009 after serving time in the Florida Department of Corrections for the offenses of Burglary and Grand Theft. Krimmel was arrested by task force members early this morning at a residence located in the 25000 block of Thunder Road off of Highway 20 in Leon County. Krimmel was arrested without incident after a team comprised of U.S. Marshals, Leon, Gadsden, and Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Florida Department of Corrections officers, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agents, and Leon County K-9 units surrounded the residence in the early morning hours. Krimmel was booked into the Leon County Jail where he faces additional charges of Violation of Probation for Burglary (3 Counts) and Grand Theft (3 Counts). Krimmel is also the prime suspect in the burglary of the 23 firearms from a residence located on Wide Road in Tallahassee, FL which occurred on June 10, 2009.

The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force is headed by the U.S. Marshals Service and is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County State Attorney’s Office, Tallahassee Police Department, and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office. The Fugitive Task Force allows members of the participating agencies to cross county and state lines under the authority of the U.S. Marshals while in pursuit of violent fugitives. Each agencies member is sworn in as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal giving them the authority to travel anywhere in the United States while engaged in the pursuit of that agencies most wanted fugitives.