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Marshals task force makes an art of catching criminals

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On any given morning, the U.S. Marshals task force saddles up to capture fugitives across the Mid-South. The task force has 11 members, consisting of Marshals, a representative from parole and probation, and veteran Shelby County Sheriff's deputies.

"If we have information that they are in Arkansas or in Mississippi, we don't have to wait and call to get permission.  If we are hot on their trail we can jump right on it," explains Warren Jones with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

They hunt hardened criminals, arresting 160 last year.

When they find their man, the task force surrounds the building, knocks on the door and waits for the golden moment.

"You can go to arrest someone who has no criminal history and they may give you the worst fight you ever had. You may go to arrest someone who fought and fought with the police, go as peacefully as a grandmother," says Deputy U.S. Marshal Seth Bruce.

Tips, phone calls, street talk direct the task force where to go. Court records warn them the fugitive is charged with first degree murder.

"What we do is like an art, you know?," said Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Melvin Reese. "
We practice it so much, it's like a masterpiece once we get going."

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