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July 29, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
U.S. Marshals 'Fugitive of the Week' Arrested in New Durham

Concord, NH - "Fugitive of the Week" Daniel Demeritt, 35, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force tonight a during traffic stop on Davis Cross Road in New Durham, NH.

In early April, the NH Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole division had requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force in an effort to locate and arrest Demeritt. Demeritt was being sought on an outstanding arrest warrant for parole violations. Demeritt was on parole as a result of a conviction and sentence for armed robbery.

As part of this investigation, Demeritt was aired in the weekly feature known as the 'Fugitive of the Week' on May 2, 2013. The 'Fugitive of the Week' is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph and prominently featured on the internet. In this case, additional coverage was received from the Foster’s Daily Democrat, which serves the Strafford County area that Demeritt was known to frequent.

Information that led to the arrest of Demeritt was provided by tipsters and the hard work of investigators from the fugitive task force. These tips and information led investigators to New Durham, NH area, where Demeritt was observed driving a van. This van was stopped by officers and Demeritt was taken into custody without incident. At the time of arrest, Demeritt was driving after being deemed a habitual offender; was in possession of hypodermic needles and controlled drugs. In addition to the parole violation, Demeritt will likely be facing additional charges for these offenses.

Several member agencies from the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force assisted in the arrest of Demeritt, including; NH Probation & Parole, Strafford, Belknap, and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Offices, deputy U.S. Marshals, along with the New Durham Police Department.

Demeritt is currently being processed and held at the Strafford County Jail in Dover, NH, pending his transfer to the NH State Prison in Concord.

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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