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For Immediate Release

August 05, 2014 District of Vermont
John Curtis, Deputy US Marshal (802) 951-6271
Task Force Arrests Vermont Long Time Criminal

Burlington, VT -- The U.S. Marshals Service Vermont Violent Offender Task Force (VVOTF) has arrested a fugitive who was wanted for Escape.

Robert P. Roche, 50, of the Greater Burlington area was arrested on the afternoon of August 5, 2014 in South Burlington, Vermont when confronted by Deputy U.S. Marshals and members of the Vermont Violent Offender Task Force. Roche was wanted by the State of Vermont, Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole for Escape from Furlough and has been a fugitive since June 6, 2014. Roche’s underlying charges on his Escape included Burglary, Several Counts of Possession of Heroin, Several Counts of Possession and Sale of Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine, Transporting Drugs into a Detention Facility, Several Counts of Simple Assault, Violating Conditions of Release, Suspended License, and Theft.

Roche is no stranger to the criminal justice system and has a significant criminal history dating back to the early 1980’s. Some of Roche’s convictions include a Federal Cocaine Conviction, Aggravated Domestic Assault, Possession of Narcotics, Aggravated Assault with a Weapon and Assault and Robbery.

On August 5, 2014 Burlington Probation and Parole requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in locating and apprehending Roche, as his whereabouts were unknown. Deputy U.S. Marshals gathered information on Roche’s possible whereabouts on the afternoon of August 5, 2014 and arrested Roche without incident.

Roche was scheduled for court today in Burlington at the Chittenden Criminal Court. Roche’s warrant included bail set at $10,000.

The arrest was a result of a culmination of investigative efforts by the U.S. Marshals Service District of Vermont, the U.S. Marshals VVOTF, and the Vermont State Police.

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