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For Immediate Release

Contact:
May 17, 2021 Jeffrey White, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of New Hampshire (603) 387-6308;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Tips Lead U.S. Marshals to 'Fugitive of the Week' Hiding in Attic

Concord, NH – Once again, with the assistance of the public’s tips, the U.S. Marshals – New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force was able to track down and arrest another fugitive. “Fugitive of the Week,” Brandon Lee Lanum, was arrested around noon today hiding inside the attic of a residence located on Wiswall Road in Durham, New Hampshire.

Brandon Lee Lanum, 37 years-of-age, was last known to reside in Manchester, NH had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on April 21, 2021. In 2012, Lanum had been convicted and sentenced on a charge of bank robbery. This sentence included prison time followed by a period of supervised release. The U.S. Marshals became involved in this investigation after a federal arrest warrant was issued indicating that Mr. Lanum was in violation of the conditions of his supervised release.

The “Fugitive of the Week” was aired on WTPL-FM, WNTK-FM, WTSN-FM, WEMJ-FM, 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 over 500 fugitives since its implementation in 2007. Additionally, the “Fugitive of the Week” was distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers in New Hampshire.

After being featured as the “Fugitive of the Week,” several tips were received pointing investigators to a residence on Wiswall Road in Durham, NH. Based on this information and some follow-up investigation, members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, along with members of the Durham Police Department went to this residence to locate Lanum. People were heard inside the residence, but they did not come to the door, so entry was forced. Once inside the residence, Mr. Lanum was located inside the attic crawl space and was arrested without further incident. A female resident of the same address, Elizabeth Mudgett, 37 years-of-age, was also arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant for theft issued by the Stratham Police Department.

Mr. Lanum was transported to the Strafford County Jail in Dover, NH for processing and holding pending his initial court appearance in US District Court in Concord, NH. Ms. Mudgett was brought to the Durham Police Department for processing and was later released on bail with a future court date.

This investigation and arrests were made by several member agencies that make up the U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force, including; Belknap, Rockingham and Strafford County Sheriff’s Offices, the Durham & Greenfield Police Departments, Federal Protective Service 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 8,218 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 at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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