NH – At around noon today, last week’s featured “Fugitive of
the Week,” Melissa Ann Mooney (35 years old), of Belmont, was found
hiding in a Laconia attic. Ms. Mooney had been wanted on an outstanding
arrest warrant for parole violations. Mooney was on parole as part of
her original conviction and sentence for aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon (knife).
Ms. Mooney had just been featured as the
“Fugitive of the Week” last Wednesday. 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, the Rochester Voice and prominently featured on the internet. The
“Fugitive of the Week” continues to be 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.
result of this feature, the U.S. Marshals Service received several tips
pointing to an address of an associate in the 100 block of Province
Street in Laconia, NH. Today, members of the NH Joint Fugitive Task
Force went to this associate’s residence in an attempt to locate and
arrest Mooney. The Fugitive Task Force searched the residence and found
Mooney attempting to hide in the attic crawl space. Once discovered,
Mooney surrendered and exited the attic on her own, where she was
arrested without further incident.
Ms. Mooney was transported to
the Belknap County Jail for processing, and holding pending her return
to the NH State Prison for Women in Concord. Mooney will have a hearing
before the NH State Parole Board at a later date to determine her length
of further incarceration.
This arrest was made with the
cooperative support of several members of the U.S. Marshals – N.H. Joint
Fugitive Task Force including, members from the Belknap, Hillsborough,
Strafford, & Rockingham County Sheriff’s Offices, the Greenfield Police
Department, along with deputy U.S. Marshals.
Since the inception
of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these
partnerships have resulted in over 7,751 arrests (Updated as of
07/25/2019). 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
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency