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For Immediate Release

Contact:
April 17, 2012 Marty R. West, Supervisory Inspector
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 942-8395;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Local Man for Arson and Aggravated Assault Charges out of Georgia

Tallahassee, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) today announced the arrest of 32 year old Tedrick Miguel Childs of Havanna, Florida during a felony vehicle stop in Whispering Pines West Subdivision located on Hwy 20 in Tallahassee, FL. Childs, who is a documented Folk Nation Gang Member, was currently being sought by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office in Columbus, GA as well as the Columbus Police Department on charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Cruelty to Children, Criminal Damage to Property, Burglary, Terroristic Threats and Acts and Arson. According to investigators in Georgia, Childs was involved in a physical altercation with his ex-girlfriend and during the struggle stabbed the ex-girlfriends’ male acquaintance multiple times. Childs is also alleged to have attempted to run over his ex-girlfriend as well as her 2 year old sister with a vehicle during the incident. Investigators then allege that Childs returned to the couple’s home on Saint Mary’s Road in Columbus, GA where he burned their trailer to the ground. Columbus detectives contacted the Tallahassee Police Department yesterday after learning that Childs was from the Tallahassee, FL area and that Childs had fled Columbus. Members of the TPD Career Criminal Unit (CCU), along with members of the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, initiated a fugitive investigation in an effort to locate Childs. Information relayed to FRFTF personnel indicated that Childs had made statements about killing his ex-girlfriend and due to the above actions Childs was placed at the top of the FRFTF’s most wanted list. At approximately 1:45pm today FRFTF members saw Childs departing a family members home located in the 1800 block of Rodrique Road inside the Whispering Pines West neighborhood. FRFTF personnel surrounded the car in which Childs was a passenger at the intersection of Belk and Craig Drive. Upon spotting law enforcement officers moving in, Childs bailed out of the vehicle in an attempt to escape apprehension. FRFTF personnel engaged Childs is a short foot pursuit and apprehended him without further incident. Childs was transported to the Leon County Jail where he was booked in on his outstanding Georgia charges and where he will await extradition back to Columbus at a later date.

The Tallahassee Division of the FRFTF is comprised of state and local 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, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Perry Police Department, Tallahassee Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office. US Marshal Ed Spooner stated that the arrest of Tedrick Childs likely prevented further violence against his ex-girlfriend and commended the local Task Force Officers for their dedication to taking yet another violent felon off the streets of Tallahassee.

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

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