Concord, NH – Very early this morning,
the Laconia Police Department, a member agency of the U.S. Marshals – NH
Joint Fugitive Task Force, arrested Fugitive of the Week, Jacob Labonte.
Labonte, 24, was last known to reside in Gilford, NH. Labonte was being
sought on an outstanding Belknap County Superior Court arrest warrant for
failure to appear on charges of 2nd Degree Assault (by strangulation),
cocaine possession, and resisting arrest.
As part of the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive investigation, Labonte was aired as
the 'Fugitive of the Week' on December 12th. The 'Fugitive of the Week' is
broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The
Patch and is prominently featured on the internet. This feature resulted in
numerous tips being called and e-mailed into the task force. This morning a
tip was called directly into the Laconia Police Department indicating that
Labonte could be found at a residence on Messer Street in Laconia. Officers
from the Laconia Police Department responded to this address, where Labonte
was located sleeping on a couch and was arrested without any incident.
Labonte was transported to the Laconia Police Department for processing and
will be held at the Belknap County Jail pending his initial court appearance
at a later time.
This investigation was conducted by several members of the U.S. Marshals
Fugitive Task Force including task force officers from the Laconia Police
Department, Belknap County Sheriff’s Office along with deputy U.S. Marshals.
This extensive investigation resulted in today’s arrest of Labonte by the
Laconia Police Department.
Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002,
these partnerships have resulted in over 5,523 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.
Laconia Police Department - http://www.laconiapd.org/
Belknap County Sheriff’s Office -
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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