For Immediate Release
|August 25, 2012||
Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire,
Chief Billy Sorukas, U.S. Marshals Chief of International Investigations (703) 304-1243
|U.S. Marshals Arrest International Fugitive|
Concord, NH – Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force yesterday arrested international fugitive Robert Joseph Manship at the Los Angeles International Airport after his return from the Philippines.
Manship, a retired U.S. Air Force Sergeant, is wanted in New Hampshire for aggravated felonious sexual assault of a child.
“The U.S. Marshals are pleased with the capture and return of this alleged child sex offender who attempted to hide halfway around the world,” said David Cargill Jr., U.S. Marshal for the District of New Hampshire. “This case is a perfect example of the relationships the U.S. Marshals Service cultivates with other federal and international law enforcement agencies. Through our vast network of law enforcement partners, fugitives will find no safe haven.”
Manship was initially questioned by the Hudson (N.H.) Police Department about the alleged sexual assaults on a child in 1995. Sometime after that police interview, Manship is thought to have left the country.
In 1995, the incidents reported occurred on U.S. Air Force properties and the investigation was turned over to the Air Force. It wasn’t until 2009 that additional allegations were made indicating that Manship allegedly assaulted the child in Hudson. Based on these new allegations, Manship was indicted on the charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault and felonious sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.
An arrest warrant was issued by Hudson Police Department in 2009 with limited extradition. Manship was eventually indicted by a Hillsborough County (NH) Grand Jury in April 2012. Upon the indictment, the Hillsborough County Attorney extended the extradition limits allowing for the arrest and return of Manship. The Hudson Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department requested the U.S. Marshals to assist in locating and arresting Manship in February, 2012.
Deputy U.S. Marshals from the District of New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force, working with the Hudson Police Department, developed information indicating Manship was residing in the Philippines and collecting pension payments from the U.S. Air Force. Marshals Service investigators also learned he attempted to renew his passport at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines in 2008.
New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force investigators, in coordination with U.S. Marshals Service’s International Investigations Branch, worked closely with the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service and Philippine law enforcement authorities to find him. Manship was located and apprehended by Philippine law enforcement authorities Aug. 1.
“Diplomatic Security’s Regional Security Office in Manila maintains an excellent relationship with local law enforcement personnel who worked with our agents resulting in the Manship capture,” said Scott Bultrowicz, Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. “The success of this operation is an excellent example of cooperation among both our fellow federal law enforcement agencies and international partners.”
Following his arrest in the Philippines, the Philippine immigration authorities determined Manship had no legal right to remain in the Philippines and placed him on a flight to Los Angeles.
Manship will be held in Los Angles pending extradition procedures back to New Hampshire where he will face the sexual assault on a child charges.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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