Concord, NH – The United States Marshals Service is very happy to announce the arrest of last week’s "Fugitive of the Week," Ricardo Ferguson.
"Fugitive of the Week," Ricardo Ferguson, 36 years-of-age, was last known to be a resident of the Bronx, NY. Ferguson was wanted on a federal arrest warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging homicide with a firearm and violation of the Hobbs Act, which is a robbery that interferes with interstate commerce. Based on these very serious allegations, Ferguson was considered to be armed and dangerous.
The U.S. Marshals – New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force worked closely with the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in an effort to track down Mr. Ferguson. Ferguson had extensive ties with family, friends, and associates both in New York and the Manchester, New Hampshire area. Over the past few weeks, a lot of time and effort was put into tracking down Ferguson both in New Hampshire and New York.
As part of these efforts, Mr. Ferguson had been featured just last Wednesday as the "Fugitive of the Week" (May 11, 2022). This feature 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 being featured, as the "Fugitive of the Week," the NH Joint Fugitive Task Force had received several tips pointing to areas throughout New Hampshire and New York. After intense pressure throughout this investigation, combined with the added publicity as the "Fugitive of the Week," Mr. Ferguson fled New Hampshire and returned to New York City. Ferguson’s friends, and family learned of these extremely serious accusations, and he was forced to stay on the streets of New York City. During the very early hours of Friday morning, Ferguson was arrested without incident in the area of Times Square by members of the U.S. Marshals – New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force.
Mr. Ferguson had his initial court appearance on Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan and was ordered detained by the Judge.
This investigation and successful arrest was conducted by the U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force & the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force; including members from the Strafford County (NH) Sheriff's Office, the Greenfield, Manchester, and the New York City Police Departments, along with deputy U.S. Marshals from New Hampshire and New York.
U.S. Marshal Nick Willard said, "New Hampshire is not impervious to these types of offenses or offenders, which is why the US Marshals has a well-established network of investigators that are dedicated to tracking them down." Willard continued, “Due to these extensive efforts by the task forces, Mr. Ferguson was safely arrested and brought before a Judge to face these very serious allegations."
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.