NH – Late last evening the U.S. Marshals arrested fugitive
Douglas Carl Smith, Jr., 31 years-of-age, in West Charleston, Vermont.
Smith was being sought on multiple outstanding arrest warrants out of
New Hampshire including; aggravated felonious sexual assault, 2nd degree
assault, bail violations on underlying offenses for being a felon in
possession of a dangerous weapon & reckless conduct with a dangerous
weapon, failing to register as a sex offender, and lastly voting fraud.
A new additional fraud charge was filed against Smith yesterday in
Vermont by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.
Smith was a
highly sought fugitive, who had been featured both as the New Hampshire
“Fugitive of the Week” and featured multiple times nationwide on the
television program Live PD: Wanted. It was as a result of the countless
tips and the hard work of investigators that led to Smith’s ultimate
capture in West Charleston, VT shortly before 6 PM last night. Smith was
located outside of a residence in the 1700 block of Hudson Road, where
he had been staying with friends while using the name “Robert.” Smith
initially complied with commands, but once he figured out that he was
about to be arrested he resisted attempts to place him in handcuffs.
Smith was quickly subdued with a Taser and handcuffed by the task force
without any further incident.
Smith had been featured as the
“Fugitive of the Week” on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 and aired multiple
times on the program Live PD: Wanted. The “Fugitive of the Week” 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
“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.
arrest was made by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force,
including members from the following agencies; the Belknap (NH), Essex
(VT), Rockingham (NH) & Strafford (NH) County Sheriff’s Offices, deputy
US Marshals from both NH and VT with assistance from the Vermont State
Police. The extensive -investigation leading up to the arrest of Smith
involved countless other law enforcement agencies including, but not
limited to; NH State Police, Hillsborough County (NH) Sheriff’s Office,
as well as the Concord, Claremont, Newport & Warner Police Departments
as well as countless others.
U.S. Marshal Nick Willard said,
“This arrest is an example of the dedication and commitment of federal,
state and local law enforcement working collaboratively to keep our
citizens safe by removing a dangerous individual from the community.
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