The efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service combined with Fayette and Cobb County Sheriffs successfully led to the apprehension of a fugitive wanted for child molestation and aggravated sexual battery.
Ricardo Sullivan, 27, was wanted by the Peachtree City Police Department for the charges, and was also wanted for burglary in Gwinnett County.
The investigation into Sullivan's whereabouts led to his discovery at a work place in Austell, Ga., last Wednesday afternoon.
Sullivan attempted to run from U.S. Marshals and Cobb County Sheriffs deputies when they tried to arrest him, and once he was contained allegedly tried to reach for a pistol in his pocket. According to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service, the gun was a ".410 caliber single shot" derringer pistol. Deputies were able to prevent Sullivan from reaching the weapon, and later found additional ammunition for the pistol on his person.
The pistol led to an additional charge of felony obstruction and possession of a firearm during a felony.
The particular department involved was the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF), which has been operating since 2003 with offices in Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The SERFTF has apprehended over 20,000 violent fugitives in the state of Georgia. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest
fugitives charged with violent crimes, gang members, sex offenders, and other felonies.
According to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb, the Fayette
County Sheriff’s Office participates in the SERFTF. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Investigator assigned to the task force was the principal investigator for this arrest.