Burlington, VT - The U.S. Marshals
Service Vermont Violent Offender Task Force (VVOTF) arrested a Vermont
fugitive who was wanted for Escape from Furlough stemming from an Aggravated
Domestic Assault with a Weapon and a resisting arrest conviction in 2010.
Gregory Abts, 31, of Burlington, Vermont was arrested in the early morning
hours on Friday, April 12, 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama when located by
Deputy U.S. Marshals. Abts has been on the run since the end of February
2013 and his whereabouts were unknown to VT State authorities. Abts was
serving the remainder of his sentence at a halfway house in Burlington,
Vermont when allegations came to light that Abts violated his conditions of
furlough. Abts quickly went on the run and fled the halfway house and the
State of Vermont knowing that if he was caught he would have to go back to
jail for his crime. Vermont Department of Corrections contacted the VVOTF in
mid-March and asked for assistance in locating and apprehending Abts.
Abts was lodged at the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham, Alabama and is
expected to go before an Alabama judge on April 12, 2013 as a Fugitive from
Justice. Abts’ arrest was a result of a culmination of investigative efforts
by the U.S. Marshals VVOTF and the U.S. Marshal Service, Gulf Coast Regional
Task Force in Birmingham, Alabama.
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