U.S. Marshals

Savannah Murder Suspect Captured

Press Release   •   Nov 02, 2011 07:23 EDT

Savannah, GA – A Savannah man wanted for Murder was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Atlanta, Georgia on October 31, 2011.

Akeem Johnson, 28, was wanted by the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) for the offense of Murder that occurred on October 8, 2011 at MLK and Congress Streets. Johnson allegedly shot at a car and struck a man in the car. SCMPD identified Akeem Johnson as the suspect in the shooting and warrants were issued. The case was referred to the U.S. Marshals Savannah Office of the southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Johnson.

An intensive investigation was initiated by the Marshals Task Force in the Savannah and surrounding area. The Marshals determined that Johnson had fled the area and could possibly be in the Statesboro , Georgia or Atlanta, Georgia area. The Statesboro, Georgia area information was generated from a previous arrest of Johnson by the Marshals Task Force for a Robbery charge in 2008. The Savannah Marshals Task Force generated information that Johnson was more likely in the Atlanta, Georgia area and forwarded the information to the Atlanta Office of the Southeast Regional Task Force. With the information provided, the Atlanta Task Force began their investigation which lead them to an address in Atlanta, Georgia, where Johnson was arrested today without incident. Johnson was taken to the Fulton County jail and will await transfer back to Savannah.

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.

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, 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 2010, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 81,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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