Concord, NH - Shortly after 1:00 pm today, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and the Nashua Police Department Special Reaction Team (SRT) safely arrested fugitive Scott Collier during a vehicle stop at the corner of Elm and W. Otterson Streets in Nashua.
Scott Collier, 34, was transient, but last known to reside in Rye, Concord and Hudson, NH. Collier was a wanted on multiple warrants, including a warrant for failure to appear on a drug charge and being a habitual offender out of Rockingham County; and failure to appear on multiple counts of theft by unlawful taking issued out of Hillsborough County. Additionally, Collier had a warrant issued by the Nashua Police Department for another charge of theft by unlawful taking.
The U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force was requested to assist in the location and arrest of Collier earlier in July. This fugitive investigation spanned the State of New Hampshire and beyond, when it was learned that Collier had been arrested in South Carolina in May, 2016. During Collier’s arrest in South Carolina, he was found to be in possession of firearms. Based on these firearms and information that investigators had heard that Collier would not go back to jail, he was considered to be armed and dangerous. After an intensive investigation by the US Marshals in South Carolina and throughout Nashua and Hudson, NH, Collier was spotted by investigators as a passenger in a car this afternoon. Members of the U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force, with the support and assistance of the Nashua Police Department SRT were able to stop this vehicle at the intersection of Elm and West Otterson Streets, where Collier was arrested without incident.
Collier was transported to the Nashua Police Department for processing and holding pending his initial court appearances on his numerous criminal charges.
Several member agencies from the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force assisted in the investigation and safe arrest of Collier, including law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshal’s Office (NH & SC), Rockingham, Hillsborough, Strafford, and Belknap County Sheriff's Offices, and officers from both the Hudson and Nashua Police Departments.
U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr. said “The ability to be a fugitive on the run is greatly hampered, when the network of experienced investigators spans across the country.” Cargill continued, “This is what the US Marshals Fugitive Task Forces are all about; working together to quickly and safely arrest fugitives.”
Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 6,340 arrests (Updated as of 5/03/2016). 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.