SHERMAN, Conn. – After more than 48 years on the run, Georgia escapee Robert E. Stackowitz was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Sherman on Monday.
On Aug. 22, 1968, Stackowitz escaped from the infirmary at the Carroll County Prison Work Camp in Carrolton, Ga. At the time, he was 23 years old and was serving a 17-year sentence for "robbery by force," the U.S.Marshal said.
The fugitive investigation for Stackowitz, now 71, gained momentum when Georgia Department of Corrections investigators assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force conducted a comprehensive investigation into the case and uncovered a possible alias identity for him, U.S. Marshals said in a statement.
Investigators then discovered an address on Route 39 in Sherman that was linked to the alias.
U.S. Marshals in Connecticut acted upon this information and were able to locate and arrest Stackowitz without incident. Stackowitz is now held in a Connecticut jail 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 Georgia. Of these arrests, more than 1,100 were fugitives wanted for homicide.