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For Immediate Release

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February 23, 2011 Dominic Guadagnoli
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Task Force Apprehends Felon in Trunk of Car

Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a Pensacola man yesterday after they found him hiding in the trunk of a car. Henry Dewayne Watson was wanted by the U.S. Marshals in Pensacola on a federal warrant for Failure to Appear on a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm charge. Watson also has a Santa Rosa County warrant for Aggravated Stalking.

The U.S. Marshals, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), had been working together on Watson’s capture for two weeks when they finally caught a break last Friday when they discovered a house where Watson may be hiding out.  After hours of surveillance, Watson was finally spotted walking near that home on the 200 Block of Craft Street just north of 9 Mile Road in Pensacola around 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Watson then disappeared and task force officers weren’t sure if he actually went into that house. About two hours later a vehicle driven by an unidentified woman drove up to the house, entered the garage momentarily then emerged and took off down the road. Task Force Officers assisted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit pulled the car over not far away as it pulled into a fast food restaurant. After the driver was asked to exit the car; Task Force Officers found what appeared to be an empty car. However, they were suspicious and used the remote to open the trunk where they found the 32 year old Watson hiding. Watson was arrested without further incident and booked into the Escambia County Jail and will see a federal magistrate judge on Wednesday. There are also additional warrants pending in Santa Rosa County. On the federal charges alone he is most likely facing a minimum of fifteen years behind bars.  

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov

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