NH – In a combined effort by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task
Forces from both Maine and New Hampshire, last week’s featured “Fugitive
of the Week,” Christopher Ryan Ross, 40 years-of-age of Waterboro, Maine
was located and arrested early this afternoon. Mr. Ross was being sought
on a federal arrest warrant issued out of the U.S. District Court in
Portland, Maine. This warrant alleges violations of his conditions of
supervised release. Ross had been on supervised release as part of his
federal sentence for a prior conviction for the possession with intent
to distribute narcotics. Additionally, while on the run on this warrant
Mr. Ross is alleged to have fled from law enforcement on multiple
occasions and may face additional charges related to those pursuits.
Ross was featured last Wednesday (09/16/20) 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” was distributed statewide to
all law enforcement officers in both New Hampshire and Maine.
After being featured as the “Fugitive of the Week”, several tips were
received pointing to multiple locations throughout Maine and New
Hampshire. The investigation into these countless tips eventually led
the Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force to a residence on Leisure Lane in East
Waterboro, Maine this afternoon. At this residence, Ross was located and
arrested in a rear bedroom without incident. Unknown quantities of
narcotics and currency were also located in the residence, which may
lead to additional arrests and charges.
Ross was transported to
the Cumberland (ME) County Jail for processing and holding pending his
initial court appearance on Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in
This investigation and arrest was made by
several member agencies of the U.S. Marshals, Maine Violent Offender’s
Task Force and the NH Joint Fugitive Task Force including; Maine State
Police, the Belknap, Rockingham & Strafford (NH) County Sheriff’s
Offices, the Greenfield (NH) & Biddeford (ME) Police Departments along
with deputy U.S. Marshals.
Since the inception of the U.S.
Marshals - New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these
partnerships have resulted in over 8,061 arrests (Updated as of
06/30/2020). 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