Georgia fugitive arrested in Cincinnati

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- The U.S. Marshals have announced the capture of fugitive Josh Dale Pointer by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST).

Pointer escaped from the Hart County Jail in Hartwell, Georgia on July 13, 2008 while facing prosecution for numerous burglaries.  He was temporarily being held at the Hart County Jail while serving a 20 year sentence at the Washington State Prison in Davisboro, Georgia for multiple burglary and motor vehicle theft charges from three different counties in Georgia.

Pointer was able to force his way out of his holding cell and scale a fence at the jail to make his escape.  He is suspected of stealing a vehicle before fleeing the area.

Information was obtained that Pointer may be on his way to the Cincinnati area. On July 15,  SOFAST began a surveillance of a relative's home in Fairfield, Ohio and within a short time observed Pointer pull up to the residence in the vehicle that was reported stolen near the jail in Georgia.

The stolen vehicle that Pointer was observed driving was subsequently impounded by the Fairfield Police Department.  He was transported and booked into the Butler County Jail where he will await extradition proceedings to Georgia.