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July 11, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
Tip Leads Authorities to the Arrest of U.S. Marshals 'Fugitive of the Week' in Pennsylvania

Concord, NH – This afternoon in Erie, Pennsylvania “Fugitive of the Week” Donald Dubbs, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals and an Erie County Detective assigned to the Marshals Fugitive Task Force as he was being discharged from a local hospital. Dubbs had been wanted on outstanding arrest warrant for two counts of arson, issued by the Lee, NH Police Department.

Dubbs, a former firefighter is alleged to have started a fire of both an occupied and unoccupied dwelling at his last known residence in Lee, NH on July 1st. This fire did extensive damage and an elderly female narrowly escaped, averting a possible tragedy. Shortly after the arrest warrant was issued, the Lee Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in an effort to locate and arrest Dubbs. This case led investigators in many different directions and all leads were followed up on in an effort to leave no stone unturned.

Today, as part of what was an ongoing and very active investigation, Dubbs was featured as the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force’s weekly feature known as the “Fugitive of the Week.” The “Fugitive of the Week” is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, the Union Leader, the Nashua Telegraph and is prominently featured on the internet. This internet feature caused a tipster to call the U.S. Marshals this morning. This tip led investigators to a hospital in Erie, Penn., where Dubbs was ultimately arrested as he was being discharged as a patient. Dubbs was in the hospital being treated for an unknown medical problem. Dubbs is currently being processed and will be arraigned in the local Erie Pennsylvania court as a fugitive from justice. Dubbs will be held at the Erie County Prison pending the completion of the judicial process in Pennsylvania and his return to NH.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force that assisted in this arrest included; Rockingham & Strafford County Sheriff’s Offices, the Lee Police Department and the Erie County Detectives Bureau, as well as deputy U.S. Marshals.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,370 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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