NH – The United States Marshals Service is very pleased to
announce the arrest of a two-time “Fugitive of the Week,” Willem
Wonsang, in Townsend, Massachusetts.
After a year on the run,
“Fugitive of the Week” Willem Wonsang, 46 years-of-age, was arrested
without incident this morning. Wonsang had been featured in January,
2020 and most recently featured on September 9, 2020 as the “Fugitive of
the Week” for the U.S. Marshals in New Hampshire. Wonsang was being
sought on a Sullivan County Superior Court warrant for failing to appear
on multiple charges including 1st & 2nd degree assault, as well as
burglary. These warrants stem from an alleged home invasion in Langdon,
NH which occurred in September 2018. This is the second time that
Wonsang has been located and arrested by the U.S. Marshals in relation
to this specific case. After the first arrest in March 2019 on these
charges, Wonsang was released on bail and failed to appear which led to
this most recent warrant being issued.
The New Hampshire Joint
Fugitive Task Force was relentless in their pursuit of Wonsang and
followed up on all the tips that were received. This investigation
recently led the team to an area of Townsend, where surveillance was
conducted and Wonsang was observed this morning in a vehicle at a coffee
shop on Elm Street. Members of the US Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task
Force were able to arrest Mr. Wonsang without incident.
Wonsang was initially brought to the Townsend Police Department, where
he was processed on a charge of being a fugitive from justice based on
the outstanding arrest warrant in New Hampshire. Wonsang appeared in
Ayer (MA) District Court and was ordered to be returned to New
Hampshire. Since this hearing Wonsang has been turned over to the
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and will be held pending his initial
court appearance in the Sullivan County Superior Court soon.
arrest was made by several member agencies of the NH Joint Fugitive Task
Force including, the Belknap, Rockingham, Sullivan and Strafford County
Sheriff’s Offices, the Federal Protective Service, the Greenfield (NH)
and Townsend (MA) Police Departments along with deputy US Marshals.
As stated above, Wonsang had been featured as the “Fugitive of the
Week” on both January 8th & September 9th 2020 which 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 New Hampshire.
Since the inception of the U.S. Marshals - New
Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have
resulted in over 8,218 arrests (Updated as of 12/16/2020). 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