NH – Last week’s “Fugitive of the Week,” Russell Shawn Martell,
38, was arrested this morning without incident by the U.S. Marshals
Fugitive Task Force in Kittery, Maine.
Martell was wanted on bail
violations, stemming from a Rockingham County (NH) Superior Court case
alleging seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault on a child
under the age of thirteen. Martell was last known to be living in
Franklin, NH but fled the State of New Hampshire in violation of his
conditions of bail. An arrest warrant was issued by the Rockingham
Superior Court on February 20th and the assistance of the U.S. Marshals
Fugitive Task Force was requested at that time.
As part of this
search, Martell was featured last Wednesday morning as the “Fugitive of
the Week.” 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.
It was the
combination of several tips and the investigative efforts of the U.S.
Marshals Fugitive Taskforce in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Maine
that led investigators to Martell’s location this morning. Martell was
located at a motel in the 70 block of Old Post Road in Kittery, Maine.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force from both NH and Maine
moved in and arrested Martell without incident. Mr. Martell was
transported to the York County Jail, where he will be processed and held
as a fugitive from justice on the outstanding Rockingham County (NH)
This arrest was made by several member agencies
of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force including; the Belknap,
Hillsborough, Rockingham & Strafford County Sheriff’s Offices, the
Greenfield (NH), Biddeford (ME) & Kittery (ME) Police Departments, the
Maine State Police, along with deputy U.S. Marshals.
Marshal, Nick Willard said, “The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is a
network of tenacious investigators who are around the nation and the
world, that are dedicated to finding fugitives that must be brought to
justice.” Willard continued, “Mr. Martell’s case is a prime example of a
fugitive that needed to be found and brought before the court.”
Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in
2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 7,908 arrests (Updated as
of 12/16/2019). 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