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For Immediate Release

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February 25, 2011 Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Task Force Trying to Keep Streets Safe Arrest 7 Fugitives in Panhandle Area

Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Pensacola had a busy week capturing fugitives in several different counties in the local area including Baldwin County in AL. This morning, the Task Force assisted the Escambia County Gang Unit and a K9 Officer to apprehend two men wanted by Escambia County in a Pensacola motel. Darius Louis Hunter, 23, is wanted for Armed Robbery and Deangelo Deon Bender, 21, wanted for Violation of Probation and Failure to Appear on Cocaine charges. Yesterday the FRFTF teamed up with the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force from Mobile to arrest 39 year old Dennis Ray Burkhart in the parking lot of the Bass Pro Shop in Spanish Fort, AL. Burkhart is wanted in Escambia County, FL for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender and by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office for Dangerous Drugs and Probation Violation. Also arrested by the FRFTF yesterday was Daniel Lamar Sanders, 27, wanted in Okaloosa County for Cruelty Toward a Child/Abuse Causing Great Bodily Harm when he allegedly burned a small child with cigarette and held it to the child’s skin. Sanders was captured by the Task Force after trying to flee out of a window at home on the 7800 block of Red Barrow road in the Blackmon Community in north Okaloosa County.

The previous evening in south Okaloosa County the Task Force arrested 25 year old Tristan Richey in an apartment located at 28 8th Street in Shalimar. Task Force Officers had to make a forced entry after Richey slammed the door on them. Richey is wanted by Okaloosa County for Probation Violation on a Vehicular Manslaughter charge from 2005. Also arrested in Okaloosa was Kenneth Wayne White wanted in Walton County on a Burglary and Theft warrant. The 49 year old White was arrested without incident in Ft. Walton Beach at a home on the 100 block of Windham Avenue.

Earlier in the week the Task Force captured Henry Dewayne Watson 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, 32, who also has Santa Rosa County warrants for Aggravated Stalking was found hiding in a trunk of a car.

The Task Force was assisted by Task Force Officers from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Washington County Sheriff Offices, as well as from FDLE, Defuniak Springs and Chipley Police Departments and the State Attorney’s Office.

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


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