NH – This morning, “Fugitive of the Week,” James “Sonny” Morse,
45 years-of-age, was arrested at a Medford, Mass. Hotel. Morse was
considered to be an armed & dangerous fugitive with violent tendencies
who was being sought on multiple outstanding arrest warrants issued out
of the State of Maine including; aggravated assault (X3) and bail
Morse had been featured as New Hampshire’s “Fugitive
of the Week” on June 16, 2020. 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 New Hampshire law enforcement officers.
time that Morse was featured as the “Fugitive of the Week,” he believed
to be in the central New Hampshire area, After being featured, Morse
fled the State of New Hampshire and went to Massachusetts in an effort
to continue to avoid arrest. This morning someone found the James
“Sonny” Morse wanted poster online and called the Massachusetts State
Police, who are part of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Mass.
The anonymous caller indicated that Morse could be found on the 7th
floor of a hotel located on Riverside Avenue in Medford, MA. Members of
the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force responded to the hotel and were
able to take Mr. Morse into custody with minimal incident, as he
initially denied his identity to investigators.
Morse will be
charged in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a fugitive from justice
based on the arrest warrants issued out of the State of Maine. Morse
will likely be held without bail at the Middlesex County Jail pending
his return to the State of Maine on these serious charges.
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