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For Immediate Release

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April 25, 2017 Jeffrey White, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
Two 'Fugitives of the Week' Arrested While Hiding From Marshals Task Force
NHJFTF LogoConcord, NH - The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is happy to announce the recent arrests of two previously featured “Fugitives of the Week.”

Early yesterday morning, “Fugitive of the Week,” Jerry Roberts Jr, 33, was located hiding under a bed of a Lebanon, N.H. apartment. The fugitive task force had received countless tips regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Roberts since he was featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on February 22, 2017. Roberts was wanted on two outstanding arrest warrants. The first warrant was a parole violation, stemming from an original conviction and sentence for aggravated felonious sexual assault; the second warrant was issued by the Lebanon Police Department for failure to maintain his sex offender registration.
The Marshals Fugitive Task Force, along with several members of the Lebanon Police Department went to an apartment building on Mount Support Rd. At this residence, the occupants refused to open the door or acknowledge the presence of law enforcement for over 15 minutes. The apartment door was eventually opened by the residents and the apartment was searched. Jerry Roberts was found hiding under the bed with several items placed neatly in front of him, in an attempt to further hide Mr. Roberts. Roberts was arrested without further incident and turned over to the Lebanon Police Department for processing and holding pending his initial court appearance.

This morning, “Fugitive of the Week,” James Smith, 36, was located hiding in the loft of a barn in Franklin, NH, and then attempted to flee out a window as officers closed in. Smith was featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” back on October 12, 2016. Smith was wanted on several outstanding arrest warrants, including; failure to appear on a methamphetamine charge, possession of heroin, criminal trespass, willful concealment, & failure to appear on another controlled drug. After many months and many leads, information was developed today pointing to a residence on Salisbury Road. The Marshals Fugitive Task Force, along with several Franklin police officers went to this residence early this morning. The residents of this house denied knowing who James Smith was, and allowed officers to search the residence. After the house was searched, an adjacent barn was also checked. It was during this search, that Smith was discovered hiding in the loft. As task force officers closed in, Smith attempted to flee out a window into the waiting arms of law enforcement below. Smith was transported by the Franklin Police Department to the Merrimack County Jail for processing and holding on his numerous outstanding warrants.

As part of the U.S. Marshals fugitive investigation, both Roberts and Smith had previously been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week.” The “Fugitive of the Week” was 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. The “Fugitive of the Week” has been a very successful tool that has resulted in the location and arrest of numerous fugitives since its implementation in 2007. Additionally, the “Fugitive of the Week” is distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers.

These arrests were made through the cooperative efforts of several members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, including; Belknap, Hillsborough, & Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Protective Service, the Franklin & Lebanon Police Departments and deputy US Marshals.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 6,628 arrests (Updated as of 12/27/2016).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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