For Immediate Release
|April 26, 2018||
Brandon Wilson, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of New Hampshire (603) 230-0217;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
|Tip411 Anonymous Tips Lead to the Arrest of 'Fugitive of the Week'|
Tip411 anonymous tips
led to the arrest of “Fugitive of the Week”, Wesley Barkley. Barkley,
32, was arrested without incident by the U.S. Marshals fugitive task
force at a residence on Foxfire Road in Cowpens, South Carolina.
On April 18, 2018, Barkley was featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” here in New Hampshire. Mr. Barkley was wanted on an outstanding Rockingham County arrest warrant for failure to appear on a charge of assault on a minor. The wanted poster also indicated that Barkley had an extensive criminal history, had been known to resist arrest and may carry a handcuff key on his person.
Wesley Barkley had been featured back on April 18th as the “Fugitive of the Week”. 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.
As part of the “Fugitive of the Week” poster, we include multiple ways to communicate with investigators in an effort to develop information on these fugitives. Since 2014, one method is through anonymous emails and text messages through a system developed by the company, Citizen Observer called Tip411. It was through this anonymous messaging service that the task force received a half dozen tips pointing investigators to Barkley’s location in South Carolina. This anonymous messaging service has proved itself countless times as an invaluable tool for the NH Joint Fugitive Task Force.
Mr. Barkley, is currently being held in custody at the Spartanburg County Jail as a fugitive from justice based on the outstanding NH warrant. Barkley is expected to return to New Hampshire in the near future.
If you have any information about the location of a New Hampshire fugitive, please don’t hesitate to contact the NH Joint Fugitive Task Force anonymously at: WEB-TIP or TEXT the word NHTIP followed by any information to the phone number TIP411.
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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