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For Immediate Release

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October 25, 2012 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire  (603) 225-1632
'Fugitive of the Week' Arrested by Haverhill Police in Massachusetts

CONCORD, NH - 'Fugitive of the Week' Richard Saunders was arrested late this afternoon in Haverhill, Massachusetts by the Haverhill (Mass.) Police Department after information was provided by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

In September, 2012, the NH Department of Corrections – Parole Board issued an arrest warrant for Richard Saunders for violations of his parole as part of his original sentence for assault. The NH Department of Corrections – Probation & Parole Division requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals - NH Joint Fugitive Task Force to assist in the location and arrest of Saunders.

As part of this investigation, Saunders was aired in the weekly feature known as the 'Fugitive of the Week' on October 4. The 'Fugitive of the Week' is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, the Union Leader and prominently featured on the internet. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force determined that Saunders was no longer in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and had likely fled the State of New Hampshire.

This week, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force received information from a several callers indicating that Saunders could be found living at a family members residence on Mechanic Street in Haverhill, Massachusetts. This information was provided to members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Massachusetts and the Haverhill (Mass.) Police Department. While checking the area, members of the Haverhill (Mass.) Police Department observed Saunders and were able to arrest Saunders without incident.

Saunders is currently being processed as a Fugitive from Justice at the Haverhill Massachusetts Police Department. Saunders will be held pending his court appearance at Haverhill District Court and pending his return to the NH State Prison.

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.

U.S. Marshals – District of New Hampshire – Fugitive of the Week: http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/nh/fugitives/fow/index.html

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

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