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Friday, January 31, 2014

NH Fugitive of the Week Arrested by U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Eliot, ME

Concord, NH – This afternoon, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Fugitive of the Week, Craig Wiggins in Eliot, ME. Wiggins, 36, was last known to have ties to the New Hampshire seacoast and southern Maine areas.

Wiggins was being sought on multiple outstanding arrest warrants issued by the Rockingham County and Strafford County Sheriff’s Offices. The outstanding arrest warrants were for a failure to surrender for a prison sentence with an original offense of habitual offender and a violation of probation with an original offense of theft by unauthorized taking. Since the issuance of the arrest warrants for Wiggins, the Rockingham County and Strafford County Sheriff’s Offices had requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in an effort to locate and arrest Wiggins.

As part of the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive investigation, Wiggins was aired on January 23rd as the 'Fugitive of the Week'. 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. Information developed by investigators and through tips, led investigators to a residence on Hawk Way, in Eliot, ME. During the early morning hours of January 29, the Eliot Police Department contacted the US Marshals Task Force and requested assistance after spotting a vehicle of interest on Hawk Way in Eliot. Eliot officers had attempted to make contact with Wiggins on at this residence without success. The Fugitive Task Force arrived in the area and developed additional information that Wiggins was in fact within the residence. After attempting to have Wiggins answer the door, task force members forced the door open. Wiggins was quickly located inside the residence and arrested without any further incident.

Also located at the residence was a friend of Wiggins' that interfered with the location and arrest of Wiggins, by providing him a place to stay while he was a fugitive. Wiggin's friend, Diana Foley, 27 of Eliot, ME, was arrested by the Eliot Police Department for harboring a fugitive.

Wiggins was turned over to the Eliot Police Department and was charged as a fugitive from justice. Wiggins was transported to the York County Jail, where he will be held pending his in initial court appearance.

This arrest was made by members of the task force, including; the Eliot Police Department, Rockingham Deputy Sheriff, deputy U.S. Marshals from Maine. and NH.

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.

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