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Southampton police charge homeless man wanted on Georgia warrant

Two vehicles parked at a Hampton Bays cemetery led to the arrest of a homeless man camped in the woods nearby and the discovery that he was wanted on felony charges in Georgia, Southampton Town police said Monday.

Frederick Forster, 49, was found at 1 a.m. Oct. 29 near the Good Ground Cemetery after a patrol officer noticed the vehicles late that night and the previous night at the Good Ground Cemetery, spokeswoman Lt. Susan Ralph said.

Officers searched the area and discovered Forster and another homeless man had set up a tent among the trees, she said. "They're homeless so they would find a location that is pretty peaceful" to camp out, she said.

Forster had warrants for Cherokee County on charges of driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of a controlled substance and impeding traffic flow, Ralph said.

Southampton Town police also charged him with being a fugitive from justice. He was released from county jail the next day, authorities said, and when he showed up at Nov. 4 at Southampton Justice Court for his case, his local charge was dismissed.

Local authorities did not know if Forster had been extradited to Georgia. A call to the Cherokee County sheriff's office was not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

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