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For Immediate Release

April 12, 2013 John Curtis, Deputy U.S. Marshal (802) 951-6271
U.S. Marshals Track Vermont Violent Fugitive to Alabama

Burlington, VT - The U.S. Marshals Service Vermont Violent Offender Task Force (VVOTF) arrested a Vermont fugitive who was wanted for Escape from Furlough stemming from an Aggravated Domestic Assault with a Weapon and a resisting arrest conviction in 2010.

Gregory Abts, 31, of Burlington, Vermont was arrested in the early morning hours on Friday, April 12, 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama when located by Deputy U.S. Marshals. Abts has been on the run since the end of February 2013 and his whereabouts were unknown to VT State authorities. Abts was serving the remainder of his sentence at a halfway house in Burlington, Vermont when allegations came to light that Abts violated his conditions of furlough. Abts quickly went on the run and fled the halfway house and the State of Vermont knowing that if he was caught he would have to go back to jail for his crime. Vermont Department of Corrections contacted the VVOTF in mid-March and asked for assistance in locating and apprehending Abts.

Abts was lodged at the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham, Alabama and is expected to go before an Alabama judge on April 12, 2013 as a Fugitive from Justice. Abts’ arrest was a result of a culmination of investigative efforts by the U.S. Marshals VVOTF and the U.S. Marshal Service, Gulf Coast Regional Task Force in Birmingham, Alabama.

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