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Escaped Inmate On-The-Run For Half Century, Captured Monday

ATLANTA – After more than 48 years on the run, Georgia escapee Robert E. Stackowitz was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Connecticut on Monday. On Aug. 22, 1968, Stackowitz escaped from the infirmary at the Carroll County Prison Work Camp in Carrolton, Georgia. He was serving a 17-year sentence for robbery by force.
 
The fugitive investigation for Stackowitz gained momentum when Georgia Department of Corrections investigators assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) conducted a comprehensive investigation into the fugitive case and uncovered a possible alias identity for the fugitive. Investigators then discovered an address in Sherman, Connecticut, which was linked to the alias. U.S. Marshals in the District of Connecticut acted upon this information and were able to locate and arrest Stackowitz without incident.
 
Stackowitz is currently being held in a Connecticut jail facility awaiting extradition to Georgia.
 
Since its inception in 2003, investigations carried out by the SERFTF have resulted in the apprehension of more than 20,000 violent fugitives in the state of Georgia. Of these arrests, more than 1,100 were fugitives wanted for homicide. The successful initiative is led by the U.S. Marshals Service and combines federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The SERFTF has offices in Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah that cover the entire 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.