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For Immediate Release

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February 01, 2012 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
South Carolina Fugitive Captured Near Augusta, Georgia

SERFTF logoSavannah, GA – A South Carolina man wanted on fifteen violent felony warrants by three separate South Carolina Law Enforcement Agencies was arrested by members of the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department in Martinez, Georgia on February 1, 2012.

Tabias McFadden, 19, was wanted in Florence County Sheriff’s Department for the offenses of two charges of Attempted Murder, Discharging a firearm into a vehicle, Discharging a firearm into a dwelling during an incident in August of 2011, and Armed Robbery from July of 2011. McFadden was also wanted by the Lake City, South Carolina Police Department Service for two charges of Kidnapping, two charges of Armed Robbery, Burglary, Assault and Battery, and Possession of a weapon during a violent crime all from August of 2011. McFadden was also wanted by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department for Armed Robbery, Attempted Murder and Murder. The Sumter County charges stemmed from the December 26, 2011 armed robbery of a convenience store in Lynchburg, South Carolina where McFadden and a co-defendant allegedly robbed the store and on the way out started shooting at customers in the store parking lot where one was wounded and at least one was killed.

The case was referred to the U.S. Marshals Operation Intercept in South Carolina to help find this dangerous felon. An extensive investigation ensued over the last five weeks until Operation Intercept investigators generated an address in Martinez, Georgia near Augusta. This information was forwarded to the Savannah U.S. Marshals Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force for assistance. The Savannah Task Force with the assistance of the Columbia County and Richmond County Sheriff’s Departments went to the address of 4720 Perry Mill Circle in Martinez, Georgia and found McFadden hiding under a box in a closet in the house. McFadden was immediately arrested and taken to the Columbia County Jail to await extradition back to South Carolina.

This case embodies the motto of the United States Marshals Service “You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide”. Through the unwavering perseverance of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Apprehension program along with the assistance of our state and local law enforcement agencies a very dangerous and violent felon was taken off the street.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined. In 2011, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 86,000 state and local fugitives, which cleared over 113,000 warrants.

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, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s 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.

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

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