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For Immediate Release

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May 01, 2014 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White
District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
Man Wanted in NH for Rape of a Minor Arrested by U.S. Marshals in Florida

NHJFTF LogoConcord, NH – This afternoon, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested fugitive Eric Cousens, age 44, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Cousens was being sought after he failed to appear for his trial on April 29, 2014, for aggravated felonious sexual assault on a minor in Hillsborough County Superior Court.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office immediately requested the assistance of U.S. Marshal’s, NH Joint Fugitive Task Force to assist in the location and arrest of Cousens. Cousens was alleged to have committed the offense of aggravated felonious sexual assault on a minor in Merrimack, NH on April 1st, 2013. During this crime, Cousens reportedly supplied cocaine to a minor and sexually assaulted the impaired minor.

Investigators in NH developed information that Cousens had fled NH to the West Palm Beach area of Florida. This information was forwarded to the U.S. Marshal’s – Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force. The Marshals Task Force conducted an extensive investigation in Florida learning that Cousens had possibly fled the United States. This information was later determined to be untrue, and Cousens was still hiding in the West Palm Beach area.

At around noon-time today, after an exhaustive investigation, members of the Fugitive Task Force developed information that Cousens was at a hotel in the area of 45th Street and I-95. As members of the task force arrived at the hotel, they were spotted by Cousens from a hotel balcony. Cousens retreated inside of the room and refused to surrender. Members of the fugitive task force made entry into the hotel room and arrested Cousens without incident.

After Cousens was arrested, he was enroute to the Palm Beach County Jail, when he suffered an unknown medical emergency. Cousens was immediately transported to a local hospital for treatment. Once Cousens is released from the hospital, he will be brought to the Palm Beach County Jail for processing and holding as a fugitive from justice on the outstanding Hillsborough County, NH arrest warrant.

Cousens will have an initial court appearance in Florida and will be held pending return to the Hillsborough County Jail.

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.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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