The U.S. Marshals' Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, or SOFAST, arrested a foreign fugitive Friday on an outstanding request for provisional arrest from Germany.
27-year-old Anthony Lance Gurden was arrested in a residence on Three Rivers Drive in Groveport in the Columbus area by Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers from SOFAST.
The U.S. Marshals, working closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio and Interpol - the world’s largest international police organization - had located Gurden there.
He is wanted in Germany on charges stemming from a February 2011 incident where he and an accomplice allegedly robbed two men at gunpoint. German courts filed armed robbery charges against Gurden in December 2012.
Gurden, who has been living in Groveport, is a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Germany. He is currently in custody awaiting a court date to decide his extradition to Germany.
“International cooperation and relationships spanning the globe led to Gurden’s arrest and demonstrate the Marshals Service’s ability to track and apprehend fugitives wherever they may seek refuge,” said Patrick Sedoti, U.S. Marshal of the Southern District of Ohio.
Columbus SOFAST is a fugitive focused, U.S. Marshals Service led task force consisting of local, state, and federal authorities including the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Columbus Police Department, Delaware County Probation, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Internal Affairs, also participated in supporting the provisional arrest.