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.
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