Concord, NH – Very early this morning, the Laconia Police Department, a member agency of the U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force, arrested Fugitive of the Week, Jacob Labonte. Labonte, 24, was last known to reside in Gilford, NH. Labonte was being sought on an outstanding Belknap County Superior Court arrest warrant for failure to appear on charges of 2nd Degree Assault (by strangulation), cocaine possession, and resisting arrest.
As part of the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive investigation, Labonte was aired as the 'Fugitive of the Week' on December 12th. The 'Fugitive of the Week' is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch and is prominently featured on the internet. This feature resulted in numerous tips being called and e-mailed into the task force. This morning a tip was called directly into the Laconia Police Department indicating that Labonte could be found at a residence on Messer Street in Laconia. Officers from the Laconia Police Department responded to this address, where Labonte was located sleeping on a couch and was arrested without any incident.
Labonte was transported to the Laconia Police Department for processing and will be held at the Belknap County Jail pending his initial court appearance at a later time.
This investigation was conducted by several members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force including task force officers from the Laconia Police Department, Belknap County Sheriff’s Office along with deputy U.S. Marshals. This extensive investigation resulted in today’s arrest of Labonte by the Laconia Police Department.
Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,523 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.