Concord, NH – A short time ago, this week's U.S. Marshals – New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force "Fugitive of the Week," R'Jay Ladd surrendered to the fugitive task force outside of the Belknap County Jail.
Ladd, 21 years-of-age was last known to reside in either Laconia or Belmont. Mr. Ladd had been featured just yesterday as the U.S. Marshals – New Hampshire "Fugitive of the Week." The Belknap County Superior Court had issued an arrest warrant for Ladd after he had failed to appear on a charge of felonious sexual assault on a child under the age of 16, but over the age of 13.
As part of the search for R'Jay Ladd, he was featured as the "Fugitive of the Week" on August 18th. This feature was aired on WTPL-FM, WNTK-FM, WTSN-FM, WEMJ-FM, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Manchester Information, the Manchester Ink Link, The Rochester & Lebanon 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.
As a result of the "Fugitive of the Week" program, a large number of tips were received pointing to possible locations and associates of Ladd. After members of the task force conducted several interviews, the task force attempted to contact Mr. Ladd. Later in the day on Wednesday, Mr. Ladd contacted members of the task force and indicated that he would surrender at the Belknap County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday morning.
On Thursday morning, Ladd arrived at the Belknap County Sheriff's Office as directed where he was arrested without incident and booked into the jail. Ladd will be held without bail pending his initial court appearance later today.
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.