Wanted Florida fugitive caught in Grovetown motel Wednesday




A Florida fugitive with an extensive criminal history has been captured in a Grovetown motel.

According to a U.S. Marshals Service news release, Tyrone Markee James, 36, was wanted by the Sumter County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office on five counts of sexual battery on a minor between the ages of 12 and 18. Florida authorities identified James as a suspect, but he fled before he could be arrested.

James has an extensive criminal history that includes a conviction of second-degree murder in 2003 and felony battery in 2012.

Florida investigators learned that James had possibly moved to the Augusta area for employment.

The information was forwarded to Savannah’s U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force, which found personal information that identified James was in Grovetown.

On Wednesday, marshals and Columbia County deputies took James into custody at a Grovetown motel. The name of the motel was not released.

“James was expecting room service,” the news release stated. “However, the U.S. Marshals gave James first-class accommodations in jail.”

James remains in the Columbia County jail until extradition to Florida.