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September 24, 2012 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
Fugitive of the Week Found Holed Up with Former Massachusetts Police Officer

Concord, NH – NH Parole fugitive, Luis Figueroa, 29, was arrested this morning in Lawrence, Mass. by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

The NH Department of Corrections – Probation & Parole Division and the Salem, NH Police Department both requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force in locating and arresting fugitive, Luis Figueroa. Figueroa was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for parole violations, stemming from an original conviction for drug sales, as well as a Salem, NH Police Department warrant alleging the offenses of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer, and placing another in danger.

As part of this investigation, Figueroa was aired as part of the 'Fugitive of the Week' program on June 21, 2012. The 'Fugitive of the Week' is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV and the Union Leader. Several callers who recognized Figueroa indicated that he was staying in Lawrence, Massachusetts to avoid arrest by NH authorities.

Through the investigation conducted by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, it was learned that Figueroa was likely in the company of a former police officer residing in Lawrence, Mass. This former officer was interviewed multiple times about the whereabouts of Figueroa and denied having any knowledge of his location. Through extensive surveillance and interviews, it was confirmed that Figueroa was in fact living with this former police officer.

This morning, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force from both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including members from the U.S. Marshals, Strafford, Rockingham & Essex County Sheriff’s, Greenfield (NH) Police, and the Mass. State Police converged on a Lorenzo Road, Lawrence, Mass. residence.

This house is owned and occupied by a former police officer, Rafael Beamud and his family. Figueroa was observed through windows attempting to flee through the residence towards the garage. Beamud was removed from the residence and entry into the residence was made. Figueroa was quickly located and handcuffed.

Figueroa was arrested on the outstanding parole violation and was transported directly to the NH State Prison in Concord, NH The Salem, NH Police Department will be notified of Figueroa’s arrest and location. Beamud is to be summoned at a later date on charges associated with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive and/or harboring a fugitive.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 4,392 arrests. These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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