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For Immediate Release

Contact:
January 27, 2016 Jeffrey White, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
'Fugitive Of The Week' Arrested in Massachusetts Just Prior to Media Feature
 
NHJFTF logoConcord, NH - “Fugitive of the Week,” Frederick Michael Cote, 26, was arrested late last night in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Mr. Cote was wanted on two outstanding arrest warrants. The first was issued by the Rockingham County (NH) Superior Court for probation violations, based on a prior conviction and sentence for a heroin related offense; the second warrant was issued by the Merrimack (NH) Police Department for the offense of larceny, stemming from an alleged high dollar theft from a jewelry store.

Cote was scheduled to be featured as the “Fugitive of the Week,” today, January 27, 2016. Last evening, the investigative efforts of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in New Hampshire developed information that Cote was likely living in a residential sober house on Main Street in Wakefield, Mass. The US Marshals Fugitive Task Force from NH immediately contacted the Wakefield (MA) Police Department and requested their assistance. Wakefield Police officers responded to the residence, where Cote was arrested without incident.

Mr. Cote will be charged as a fugitive from justice based on the outstanding Rockingham County and Merrimack Police Department warrants. Cote will be held at the Middlesex County Jail (MA), pending his return to NH, where he will be arraigned on his two outstanding criminal matters.

The “Fugitive of the Week” program is aired on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, The Manchester Ink Link and prominently featured on the internet. This program has been a remarkably successful tool that has resulted in the location and arrest of numerous fugitives since its implementation in 2007. This case received a lot of additional media coverage throughout New England once the reward was announced.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 6,216 arrests (Updated as of 12/24/2015). 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 http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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