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For Immediate Release

February 23, 2010 DUSM Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire
(603) 225-1632; cell: (603) 387-6308

CONCORD, NH – Today, the U.S. Marshals – New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force is pleased to announce the arrest of escaped fugitive Anthony Ray Perkins in Brattleboro, VT by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Brattleboro, VT Police Department.

Anthony Ray Perkins, 25 of Nashua, NH and a confirmed member of the Gangster Disciples according to the NH Department of Corrections. On February 2, 2010, Perkins failed to return to the minimum security Calumet Transitional Housing Unit in Manchester, NH and was placed on escape status. Perkins was serving a three to seven year sentence for burglary after previously serving a three to seven year sentence for robbery. Since Perkins’ escape, he has been avoiding arrest by moving around and hiding with friends in both New Hampshire and Vermont.

Today, the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force and members of the Brattleboro Police Department located and arrested Perkins at a residence on Elliott Street in Brattleboro, VT. Perkins is charged with being a Fugitive from Justice on the Escape warrant out of New Hampshire and is currently being held without bail. Perkins’ girlfriend, Ashley Hawthorne, 21 of Brattleboro, VT was also arrested at the scene. Hawthorne was charged with; providing false information and aiding an escaped prisoner which is a felony.

“Perkins’ taste of freedom only lasted for few weeks but due to the teamwork and dedication of our law enforcement partners across all jurisdictions he was quickly apprehended” said U.S. Marshal David Cargill.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. U.S. Marshals annually capture more federal fugitives than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

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