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For Immediate Release

Contact:
September 20, 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
Alert Ossipee Police Officer Spots 'Fugitive of the Week'

NHJFTF LogoConcord, NH – On Tuesday evening, an alert Ossipee Police Officer spotted “Fugitive of the Week,” Lawrence “Tinker” Eldridge, 56.

Lawrence Eldridge was wanted for escape, after he failed to return from to the half-way house in Concord, NH after being allowed to visit family. Eldridge was serving part of his prison sentence in the half-way house as part of a prior conviction and sentence for kidnapping. Shortly after 5PM on Tuesday, Mr. Eldridge was spotted as the passenger in a vehicle driven by a family member on Ossipee Mountain Road. The Ossipee police officer stopped the vehicle and arrested Eldridge without any incident.

Eldridge had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on July 25th. This feature 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.

After Eldridge’s arrest, he was brought to the Carroll County Jail for processing on his outstanding arrest warrant and held pending his initial court appearance and ultimate return to the NH State Prison.

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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