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For Immediate Release

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October 17, 2011 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
Pennsylvania Escapee Caught

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA - A man wanted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for numerous felony offenses was captured by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF), the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department and the Tybee Island Police Department at a hotel on Tybee Island, Georgia on October 17, 2011.

Christopher Ghrist, 22, was wanted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for several felony drug and firearm charges. After his arrest by the Pennsylvania State Police, he escaped from their custody and began his flight south to the Coastal Empire. This case was referred to the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force by the USMS Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force. An intensive investigation was conducted by the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force which indicated to investigators that Ghrist had travelled to Tybee Island. The investigation led SERFTF to the Rodeway Inn on Butler Avenue on Tybee Island. On October 17, 2011, Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force members augmented by Chatham County Sheriff’s Office deputies converged on the address and arrested Jackson without incident. A stolen loaded semi-automatic 9mm pistol was also recovered from the hotel room. Jackson was taken to the Tybee Island Police Department to await local proceedings and possible additional charges. Ghrist is awaiting extradition proceedings for his return to Pennsylvania.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of investigators from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. In 2008, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 73,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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

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