Concord, NH – Last night, the U.S. Marshals – New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force received word from the Laconia Police Department that this week's "Fugitive of the Week" had surrendered at Laconia Police Department.
Jeramy M. Hodges, 47 years-of-age, who was last known to reside in Laconia, NH, was featured yesterday morning as the “Fugitive of the Week." Mr. Hodges has being sought on an arrest warrant alleging 2 counts of the offense of aggravated felonious sexual assault on a child between the ages of 13 and 16 years of age. The Laconia Police Department had previously attempted to have Mr. Hodges turn himself in without success. When Hodges initially refused to surrender, the Laconia Police Department contacted the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force for assistance in locating and arresting Hodges.
As part of the search for Mr. Hodges, he was featured as the "Fugitive of the Week" yesterday. 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 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.
After being featured as the "Fugitive of the Week," several tips were received pointing to possible locations of Hodges, which were actively being researched by members of the task force. Last night, the U.S. Marshals were contacted by the Laconia Police Department indicating that Hodges had surrendered at the police station where he was arrested on these very serious charges involving a child. Hodges was booked into the Belknap County Jail, where he will be held without bail pending his arraignment later today in Belknap County Superior Court.
US Marshal Nick Willard said, "Law enforcement takes allegations of sexual assault on a child very seriously and the task force will always put these warrants at the top of the priority list." Willard continued, "Fortunately Mr. Hodge understood the seriousness of these allegations and made the smart decision to surrender to allow the criminal justice process to begin."
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.