NH – The United States Marshals Service is very pleased to
announce the arrest of “Fugitive of the Week,” Matthew Stevenson this
“Fugitive of the Week,” Matthew L. Stevenson, 41
years-of-age was wanted on arrest warrants issued by both the Manchester
and Portsmouth (NH) Police Departments. The Manchester Police Department
was seeking Stevenson on arrest warrants alleging the offense of
strong-arm robbery. The Portsmouth Police Department holds a warrant
alleging 7 counts of assault, criminal trespass, and breach of bail.
Mr. Stevenson had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on
April 27, 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. This feature was
updated on May 3rd, with the addition of up to a $500 reward for
information leading to the location and arrest of Stevenson. It is
unknown at this time if someone will be receiving any of the reward.
Since the original feature, the NH Joint Fugitive Task Force had
received several tips pointing to both the Rochester, NH and the
Shapleigh, Maine areas. This afternoon, US Marshals went to Shapleigh,
Maine based on new tips that pointed to a camper on Hubbards Cove Road.
After a short period of surveillance, Mr. Stevenson was seen at the
camper. The US Marshals requested the assistance of the York County
Sheriff’s Office and the Maine State Police, who quickly responded to
assist in the safe arrest of Stevenson.
Stevenson was turned
over to the York County Sheriff’s Office to be charged as a fugitive
from justice on his outstanding NH arrest warrants. Mr. Stevenson will
be held without bail at the York County Jail pending his initial court
appearance tomorrow and eventual return to New Hampshire to face these
very serious charges.
This investigation was conducted by the US
Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force & Maine Violent Offenders Task
Force; including members from the Strafford (NH) & York (ME) County
Sheriff’s Offices, Maine Department of Corrections, the Greenfield,
Manchester, Portsmouth, Rochester, and Somersworth Police Departments,
and the Maine State Police along with deputy U.S. Marshals.
Marshal Nick Willard said, “This case had a lot of moving parts that
crossed many jurisdictions and state lines.” Willard continued, “This is
exactly where the US Marshal’s Task Forces excel; by providing
coordination and the ability to cross these city, county, state & even
international borders to make the investigation seamless until the
fugitive is brought to justice.”
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