Concord, NH – The United States Marshals Service – New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force is happy to announce that last week's "Fugitive of the Week" was arrested this afternoon by members of the Manchester Police Department.
Gary Pratt, 53 years-of-age, who was last known to reside in Manchester was featured last Wednesday as the U.S. Marshal's – New Hampshire "Fugitive of the Week." Mr. Pratt was sought on a federal arrest warrant alleging that he was in violation of his conditions of supervised release. Pratt is on federal supervision due to a prior conviction and sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
As part of this feature as the "Fugitive of the Week," Pratt had been 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 creation in 2007. Additionally, the "Fugitive of the Week" was distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers in New Hampshire.
Last night tips came in to both the U.S. Marshals and the Manchester Police Department indicating a possible location for Mr. Pratt on Westland Avenue in Manchester. The Manchester Police Department was able to act on this information early this afternoon and Pratt was arrested without incident. Mr. Pratt is currently being held in the custody of the U.S. Marshals at the Merrimack County Jail pending his initial court appearance in US District Court on Wednesday, August 24th.
U.S. Marshal Nick Willard said, "As the former Manchester Police Chief, I am extremely grateful to the men and women of the Manchester Police Department not only for arresting Gary Pratt, but for the hard work that they do each and every day." Willard continued, "Law enforcement, the media and the public all need to continue to work together to keep New Hampshire safe for its residents and guests!"
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.