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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fugitive of the Week' Bank Robber Arrested in Nelson, NH



Concord, NH - "Fugitive of the Week,” Robert Anthony Johnson, 26, was arrested last night by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at a Nelson, NH home. Johnson was just featured this past Wednesday as the “Fugitive of the Week.” Johnson was wanted on an outstanding federal arrest warrant for violations of conditions of supervised release. Mr. Johnson was on supervised release due to his original conviction and sentence for bank robbery.

Based on the “Fugitive of the Week” feature, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force received a very large number of anonymous tips regarding the location of Johnson in and around the Keene, NH area. The NH Joint Fugitive Task Force was able to compile all of this information and developed even more information, which led investigators to Johnson’s parent’s residence in Nelson, NH, where Johnson was ultimately arrested without incident.

As part of this U.S. Marshals fugitive investigation, Johnson was featured as the “Fugitive of the Week,” which was broadcasted on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, The Manchester Ink Link and was 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 implementation in 2007.

Mr. Johnson was transported to the Cheshire County Jail, where he was held as a U.S. Marshals prisoner. Later this morning, Johnson will be transported to the Federal Courthouse in Concord, NH for processing and holding, pending his initial court appearance later today.

Last night’s arrest was made by a task force officer from the Greenfield Police Department, deputy U.S. Marshals, along with a variety of assistance from the officers of the Nelson, Keene, Winchester & Swanzey Police Departments. The local police officers were a tremendous asset throughout this investigation and their assistance was greatly appreciated.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 6,089 arrests (Updated as of 7/29/2015). 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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