FBI Press Release on Registe's Arrest

FBI Press Release

Aug. 27, 2008

Atlanta - Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Gregory Jones, FBI Atlanta, is pleased to announce the arrest this morning of FBI Top Ten Fugitive Michael Jason Registe.

Registe, wanted for the July, 2007 double murders of Columbus State University students Bryan Kilgore and Randy Newton Jr. at Columbus, Georgia, was arrested by St. Maarten Police officials in conjunction with the Antilles Director of Public Prosecution and through coordination with the FBI's Legal Attaché, Bridgetown, Barbados.

Numerous tips were received by the FBI after the airing of an America's Most Wanted  television segment featuring Registe.  That ultimately led local St. Maarten authorities to the Belvedere section of Dutch St. Maarten where Registe was arrested at approximately 11:10 a.m. this morning, August 27, 2008, while at a guest house.  SWAT entry was made and Registe was taken into custody without further incident.

Registe will now face extradition hearings at St. Maarten for his removal back to Columbus, Georgia.  This process could take from two weeks to several months.

The public is reminded that all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.