For Immediate Release
|February 13, 2018||
Jeffrey White, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal (603) 387-6308;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force
Arrests 'Fugitive of the Week'
Sex Offender at Massachusetts Restaurant
Concord, NH -
On Saturday night,
members of the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive task force from Massachusetts,
along with members of the Haverhill (MA) Police Department were able to
safely arrest “Fugitive of the Week,” Benjamin Rodriguez, 45, at a local
restaurant in Haverhill, MA.
Benjamin Rodriguez had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on February 7th. 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. Rodriguez was wanted on multiple arrest warrants in both NH and Massachusetts. The first was a NH Parole warrant for an underlying offenses of aggravated felonious sexual assault (X2). The second and third offenses involved Rodriguez’s failure to comply with the sex offender registry. Additionally, Rodriguez had an outstanding warrant out of Tyngsboro (MA).
During the past week, members of the NH Joint Fugitive Task Force did extensive research in both NH and Massachusetts. These efforts paid off, when information was developed that Rodriguez was working at a restaurant in Haverhill, MA. This information was provided to our partners with the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Massachusetts and the Haverhill Police Department. Based on this information, they were able to locate and arrest Mr. Rodriguez on his numerous warrants Saturday night. Rodriguez will be held in Massachusetts to clear up his Massachusetts legal matters, before being returned to New Hampshire as a fugitive from justice on his NH warrants.
This investigation was a combined effort of members of the NH fugitive of the task force from Hillsborough, Rockingham, Belknap & Strafford County Sheriff’s Offices, the Federal Protective Service, along with the Haverhill Mass. Police Department and deputy US Marshals from Massachusetts.
Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White said, “Without this group effort, this team would not have had such quick success.” White continued, “Thank you to everyone that made the location and arrest of Mr. Rodriguez a top priority, those efforts are greatly appreciated!”
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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