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For Immediate Release

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January 25, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
Alleged Fugitive Rapist Arrested by U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Puerto Rico

Concord, NH – Francisco Vidal, 48 was arrested last night in Cayey, Puerto Rico (38 miles south of San Juan, PR) by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. This arrest was a cooperative effort made by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico, including the support and assistance of several task force members from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Vidal was wanted on an outstanding Hillsborough County arrest warrant for failure to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court on August 17, 2012. Vidal was scheduled to appear after being indicted on a charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault. This allegation involved the rape of a child under the age of thirteen over a period of a year.

This investigation spanned many miles from Manchester, NH, where the offense was alleged to have occurred. The U.S. Marshals followed leads throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts and finally Puerto Rico last night. Vidal was located at a family member’s residence in Puerto Rico and was arrested without incident. Investigators believe that Vidal fled the Manchester area in hopes of avoiding arrest after learning about these serious allegations.

Vidal is currently being held in a jail in Puerto Rico pending his initial court appearance there, and will be held without bail pending his extradition back to New Hampshire.

U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr. said “offenses against children are sickening to all of the investigators involved. In a search for an alleged sexual predator such as Vidal, the U.S. Marshals and all law enforcement officers leave no stone un-turned.” Cargill continued “Fortunately this persistence led investigators to a residence in Puerto Rico, where Vidal was arrested. Now, Vidal can be returned to New Hampshire and face these serious charges.”

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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