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For Immediate Release

Contact:
February 07, 2018 Jeffrey White, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal (603) 387-6308;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
'Fugitive of the Week' Shot in Officer Involved Shooting in St. Augustine, FL
NHJFTF LogoConcord, NH - Tuesday evening, members of the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive task force were able to locate “Fugitive of the Week,” James Benny Hobbs, 59, at a hotel in St Augustine, Florida.

James Hobbs had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on January 31, 2018. The “Fugitive of the Week” had been 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.

Mr. Hobbs was wanted on two arrest warrants. The first was a warrant issued by the Amherst (NH) Police Department alleging that Hobbs committed the offense of aggravated felonious sexual assault on a child under the age of 15. Additionally, Hobbs was wanted on a Parole warrant for an underlying offense of fraud that was perpetrated against his clients when Hobbs was a practicing attorney.

An extensive investigation was conducted by members of the task force alongside detectives from the Amherst and Stratham (NH) Police Departments. This investigation followed leads down the east coast of the United States ending Tuesday evening at the Howard Johnson’s Motel off State Road 16 and I-95 in St. Augustine, Florida.

Members of the Florida Fugitive Task Force located a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle that Hobbs was known to be driving. Investigators were able to confirm that Hobbs was checked in as a guest at the hotel. As investigators approached the hotel room, Hobbs was encountered and refused to comply with commands and made several sudden movements, which ultimately caused multiple law enforcement officers to fire their guns. EMS was immediately requested to the scene, but unfortunately, Mr. Hobbs succumbed to his injuries. The St John’s County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 7,029 arrests (Updated as of 12/18/2017). 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, 8 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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