News Banner

For Immediate Release

December 18, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire
(603) 225-1632
Fugitive of the Week Arrested by U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Jaffrey

Concord, NH – Late this morning, members of the U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force arrested this week’s Fugitive of the Week, James Michael Porter, in Jaffrey, NH. Porter, 42 was last known to be residing at the Federal half-way house in Manchester, NH. Porter had been convicted in a 2010 criminal case for Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property. As part of his sentence, Porter was incarcerated at the half-way house in Manchester, NH, when he left the facility and failed to return at the designated time on November 27, 2013. Since, this time, Porter has been sought on an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the U.S. District Court in Concord, NH for escape.

As part of the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive investigation, Porter was aired as this week’s 'Fugitive of the Week'. The 'Fugitive of the Week' is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch and is prominently featured on the internet. Information developed by investigators today, led the task force to a family member’s residence on North Street in Jaffrey, N.H. During a search of this residence, Porter was located hiding under a bed and was arrested without any further incident.

Porter was transported to the U.S. District Courthouse in Concord, NH, where he will be processed on the outstanding Escape warrant and held pending his initial court appearance at 3:30 p.m. today. Porter will also be required to complete his federal prison sentence for his prior conviction, in addition to any sentence that will be imposed on the new escape charge.

Several members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force including task force officers from the Greenfield, Nashua, Derry and the Jaffrey Police Departments along with deputy U.S. Marshals participated in this investigation and arrest today.

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


America’s Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency