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February 11, 2010

<img src="http://valdosta.sgaonline.com/headlines/noon.gif"/> Fugitive captured in Valdosta

VALDOSTA — A fugitive wanted for kidnapping, burglary and armed robbery was apprehended in Valdosta on Tuesday.





Around noon, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Lt. Jack Winningham, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division, and the United States Marshals Service located Artez Jamaal Beckett, 24, of Savannah, at 1503 E. Park Ave.



Beckett, who had outstanding warrants for armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary issued by the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department, was arrested without incident, Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine said.



Beckett’s acquaintance, Udit Sanjay Patel, 19, of Valdosta, was also arrested Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and hindering the apprehension of a fugitive, Prine said.



The charges against Beckett reportedly stem from an incident that occurred in December 2009 in the Redding Court area of Savannah, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service.



The case was turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Savannah. An investigation conducted by the task force revealed that Beckett may have fled the area to Valdosta, the release stated. The case was then referred to the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force’s Macon office, which began an investigation with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office’s help.



After developing and following up on various leads, the task force was led to the address of an apartment complex in Valdosta where Beckett was allegedly staying with an acquaintance. This is the address listed for Woodstone Apartments.



Beckett’s acquaintance, Udit Sanjay Patel, 19, of Valdosta, was also arrested Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and hindering the apprehension of a fugitive, Prine said.



“This is another example of how cooperation between law enforcement agencies helps solve cases,” Prine said. “We will continue to work with other agencies to bring offenders to justice.”



The investigation remains ongoing and additional arrests are pending in this case.

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