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Press Release: U. S. Marshals Offer Reward for Information Leading to Capture of Georgia Escapees

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Chad Dasher. (Photo Source: U.S. Marshals Service) Chad Dasher. (Photo Source: U.S. Marshals Service)
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Released by the U.S. Marshals Service:

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Marshals Service is offering dual $2,500 rewards for information that leads to the arrests of two Tattnall County Jail escapees. Chad Everette Dasher and Raymond Thomas Smith escaped from the Tattnall County Jail on Jan. 24. They executed an elaborate plan to breach jail security and escaped through the jail's roof. They are considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Dasher was being held on multiple charges for a multi-county crime spree that occurred in Georgia in 2012. Dasher is a white male, 5'9" tall and 140 pounds. He has green eyes and brown hair. Dasher has an extensive criminal history, including arrests for burglary, firearms, fraud, narcotics, resisting arresting and traffic offenses. He has a history of fleeing from law enforcement.

Smith was being held on multiple counts of aggravated child molestation. Smith is a white male, 6'1" tall and 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. In addition to Smith's arrest for sex offenses, he has prior arrests for assault, firearms, and obstruction.

If you have any information about these escapees, call the Tattnall County Sheriff's Office at 912-557-6777 or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102. Tips can also be emailed to usms.wanted@usdoj.gov. All information is confidential. A $2,500.00 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of each of these fugitives. In order to collect the reward, tipsters should be prepared to give their name and contact information to law enforcement officials manning the tip lines.

Established in 1789, the U.S. Marshals Service is the nation's oldest federal law enforcement agency. The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government's primary agency for fugitive investigations. In fiscal year 2013, the Marshals apprehended approximately 36,000 federal fugitives and cleared approximately 39,000 felony warrants. Marshals-led fugitive task forces arrested 74,200 state and local fugitives and cleared approximately 95,000 state and local felony warrants in FY 2013.

The U. S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) was created by the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000. Congress recognized the U.S. Marshals expertise in tracking and apprehending dangerous fugitives and ordered the creation of regional fugitive task forces (RFTFs) in core cities throughout the country. Via this mandate, SERFTF was created in 2003 and has offices in Atlanta, Macon and Savannah to assist state, county and local agencies as a central investigative base to identify, locate and apprehend dangerous offenders.

In FY2013, SERFTF arrested approximately 2,534 fugitives and cleared roughly 4,048 warrants statewide in Georgia. Locally, the Savannah Division of SERFTF is composed of state and local law enforcement officers from the Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Parole, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office, the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, the Hampton County Sheriff's Office, and the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office.

More information about the Marshals and other Georgia fugitives can be found on the web at www.usmarshals.gov.

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