For Immediate Release
|February 05, 2013||Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire, (603) 225-1632|
|Multi-State Search Ends with Arrest by U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force|
Concord, NH – Arthur Huffman, 44 was arrested last evening in Salem, Mass. by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force from Massachusetts, along with members of the Salem Police Department. This arrest culminated a multi-state search by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Texas.
Huffman was wanted on an outstanding Rockingham County, NH arrest warrant issued on Jan. 7, 2013 for two counts of second degree assault – strangulation & kicking, and simple assault. This warrant stems from Huffman’s alleged violent assault on a female victim at a residence in Stratham, NH in June, 2012.
As this investigation developed, it was learned
that Huffman was arrested in Mansfield, TX in December, 2012 for an alleged
sexual assault (forcible rape). Huffman was released on $35,000 bond in that
case and fled Texas. This led investigators in Texas to seek an arrest
warrant as well, for bail violations. This investigation turned back to
Massachusetts where Huffman was known to have a lot of family and friends.
Huffman was brought to the Salem Police Department, where he was charged with being a fugitive from justice on the outstanding arrest warrants from both NH and Texas. Huffman will be held pending his initial court appearance in Salem District Court on Tuesday, February 5. After Huffman’s court appearance, he will likely held without bail pending his return to New Hampshire and eventually Texas to face these outstanding charges.
U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr. from New Hampshire said “This investigation crossed many jurisdictions from N.H. to Texas and back to Massachusetts.” Cargill continued “It’s important to note that the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force’s around the country and around the globe are comprised of extremely talented, dedicated and hard-working investigators that don’t stop until the fugitive is in handcuffs!” U.S. Marshal John Gibbons from Massachusetts said “I agree, and couldn’t be prouder of the exceptional team work by all of the members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force from coast to coast.” Gibbons continued “without this group effort and cooperation, fugitives like Huffman might continue to roam the streets and jeopardize the public’s safety.”
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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