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For Immediate Release

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January 18, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
Allenstown Police & U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Find Fugitive Secreted in Wall

Concord, NH - Jonathan Higgins, 20 was arrested late this morning in Allenstown, NH after being found secreted behind a false wall in a bedroom closet. This arrest was made by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, including members from the Allenstown Police Department, Rockingham & Belknap County Sheriff’s Office, and the Greenfield Police Department.

Higgins was wanted on an outstanding Probation Violation stemming from an original conviction and sentence for Burglary and Narcotics offenses. Last night, the Allenstown Police Department attempted to arrest Higgins at his New Yorker Drive residence in Allenstown when he fled. This resulted in a lengthy search by multiple agencies, which unfortunately did not result in Higgins’ arrest. This morning, the Allenstown Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals - NH Joint Fugitive Task Force to help in finding and arresting Higgins.

The U.S. Marshals Task Force had reason to believe that Higgins was likely hiding inside of his New Yorker Drive residence. Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force along with the Allenstown Police Department went to this house in an attempt to locate Higgins. Several occupants of the house denied that Higgins was inside the residence. The initial search did not turn up Higgins. It was during a more thorough second search that Higgins was located hiding behind a false wall panel in the rear of a bedroom closet. After Higgins was discovered, he became violent and resisted arrest. A taser was utilized to bring Higgins under control. Higgins was not injured during the struggle and after his arrest was transported by the Allenstown Police Department to the Merrimack County Jail. Higgins will be processed on the outstanding arrest warrant and held pending his initial court appearance. Higgins will also be facing two additional charges for resisting arrest.

Due to the false information provided by the other residents of the house, the following were arrested and charged with Hindering in the Apprehension of Higgins; Katelyn Schmidt, 20; Kelvin Lawrence, 25; and Jeanette Willey, 76.

U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr. said “I am extremely pleased with the quick and safe outcome to this investigation, the dedication and hard work of all involved is truly evident.”

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 4,392 arrests. 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, 7 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 at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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