Police on Fugitive Capture

Tarus Green was captured yesterday.
Tarus Green was captured yesterday.

The manhunt is over. Turf Boy and escapee Tarus Green is back behind bars after a brief taste of freedom. He had been in custody after a spring shooting spree, and investigators were worried about what he might do while on the run.

After getting an anonymous tip, police found the escaped gang member hiding out in someone's house in Savannah. After three days of being on the run, Green was handcuffed and escorted to by a team of officers to police headquarters

"Green has been out there for three days," said Sgt. Mike Wilson of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. "He was desperate."

Desperate enough to escape from the Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center on Sunday. With the help of other inmates, Green moved a basketball goal over to the fence and jumped over.

"I don't think he'll get back to the same facility that he escaped from," said Wilson.

That's because 17-year-old Green has now been taken to the Chatham County jail, where he will be treated as an adult.

Green was a part of the four-man team called the Turf Boys, a gang police say was responsible for a string of shootings in Savannah, including two on April 6 on 37th and Paulsen Streets and Live Oak and Seiler. And just a few days later, another on Mississippi Avenue.

"Obviously, it was very important to get him off the streets," said Wilson.

And Savannah Impact did just that yesterday afternoon, after getting an anonymous tip on Green's whereabouts.

Wilson said it was the "element of surprise that caught him. We had overwhelming presence of officers to receive him."

Tarus Green will be arraigned on his escape charges today at the Chatham County Courthouse.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com