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For Immediate Release

Contact:
June 22, 2018 Jeffrey White, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of New Hampshire (603) 387-6308
;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
This Week's 'Fugitives of the Week' Arrested by Laconia Police
NHJFTF LogoConcord, NH - This week, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force featured a couple as the “Fugitive of the week”, Joseph Coutu, 23 and Katelin Arsenault, 21. Thanks to the watchful eyes of the Laconia Police Department both Coutu and Arsenault were located and arrested last evening.

Boyfriend and girlfriend, Joseph Coutu and Katelin Arsenault had been featured this past Wednesday as the “Fugitive of the Week” on multiple outstanding arrest warrants each. Coutu was being sought on an arrest warrant for parole violations stemming from an original conviction for assault, along with a minor district court electronic bench warrant. Arsenault was wanted on two Belknap County Superior Court warrants for failing to appear on narcotics charges.

Both Coutu and Arsenault were located by the Laconia Police Department on Gale Avenue in the vicinity of a relative’s residence. In addition to being arrested on the above arrest warrants, Arsenault was charged with being in possession of a controlled drug; Coutu was charged with resisting arrest, receiving stolen property and additional motor vehicle related infractions.

The “Fugitives 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.

“The US Marshals are very happy that the Laconia Police Department was able to arrest Coutu and Arsenault so quickly; we are extremely grateful for the support and assistance in this and every investigation that we get from our local partners.”

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 7,253 arrests (Updated as of 04/29/2018). 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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