U.S. Marshals arrest two wanted men in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) located and arrested two wanted subjects Friday Jan. 31 in Columbus Georgia.

On Jan. 29, 2014, the U.S. Marshals Middle District of Georgia – Columbus Division received a request for assistance from the United States Marshals Service - Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force – Chicago Office to locate and apprehend fugitive Tremaine Barnes.

Barnes was wanted by the Chicago Police Department for Murder, which occurred on or about January 20, 2014. Despite the adverse weather, U.S. Marshals continued to work this fugitive investigation. At approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday morning U.S. Marshals and the Columbus Police Department fugitive unit proceeded to the 400 block of Columbia Street in Columbus, located and arrested Barnes without incident.

Barnes was transported to the Muscogee County Jail where he will remain until extradited back to Illinois.

Later Friday evening at approximately 5 p.m., U.S. Marshals Middle District of Georgia – Columbus Division located and arrested fugitive Eric Person (26).

On January 22, 2014 the Columbus Fire and EMS Department – Arson Investigation Unit contacted and requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals. The U.S. Marshals began working the fugitive investigation immediately and were able to develop information of the whereabouts of Person.

Person was wanted by the Columbus Police Department and the Columbus Fire Department charging him with multiple counts of aggravated assaults, arson and terroristic threats.

Person was located and arrested Friday in Lee County, Ala. without incident. Person has been transported to the Russell County, Ala. Jail where he will remain until he is extradited back to Muscogee County, Ga.

The arrested team consisted of U.S. Marshals Middle District of Georgia Deputies, U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Force and Phenix City Police Department.

The Middle District of Georgia is the largest federal judicial district geographical in the State of Georgia. The Middle District of Georgia borders South Carolina extending south to the Northern border of Florida running alongside the eastern border of Alabama. The Middle District of Georgia encompasses 70 of Georgia's 159 counties and covers 25,471.5 square miles.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government's primary agency for fugitive investigations. The U.S. Marshals also is the enforcement arm of the U.S. Courts and operates out of 94 judicial district offices. Each district office is headed by a Presidential appointed U.S. Marshal.

In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Willie Lee Richardson, Jr. as the U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Georgia. The U.S. Marshals Service focuses on arresting violent offenders and sexual predators. For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service, visit www.usmarshals.gov.

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