NH – The United States Marshals Service is happy to announce
that a phone call to the Berwick, Maine Police Department led to the
arrest of “Fugitive of the Week,” Zachary Sutton this past Monday
“Fugitive of the Week,” Zachary Alexander Sutton, 29
years-of-age was wanted on a Strafford County Superior Court arrest
warrant for bail violations. Sutton is on bail on two charges alleging
second degree assault by strangulation on one child and an assault on a
second child in Rochester, NH in 2020.
Mr. Sutton had been
featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on April 20, 2022, which 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 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 feature,
the NH Joint Fugitive Task Force had received several tips pointing to
Portsmouth & Somersworth, NH; as well as Lebanon & Berwick, Maine areas.
On April 25th, the Berwick Maine Police Department received a report of
Sutton attempting to break into a family members home. Upon the arrival
of the Berwick Police Department, Sutton had fled into the woods and was
captured a short time later.
Mr. Sutton was charged as a
fugitive from justice on the outstanding warrant out of Strafford County
Superior Court. Sutton is currently housed at the York County Jail in
Maine pending his court appearance and return to Strafford County New
This investigation was conducted by the US Marshals –
NH Joint Fugitive Task Force, including members from the Strafford
County Sheriff’s Office, the Greenfield, Somersworth, and Portsmouth
Police Departments, along with deputy U.S. Marshals, with the arrest
ultimately being made by the Berwick Police Department this past Monday.
U.S. Marshal Nick Willard said, “It is often the case that fugitives
get desperate and unpredictable while on the run” Willard continued, “We
feature these fugitives as the “Fugitive of the Week” in an effort to
get them back into custody and in front of a Judge before they
potentially do something even more serious.”
Since the inception
of the U.S. Marshals - New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002,
these partnerships have resulted in over 8,542 arrests (Updated as of
12/31/2021). 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