Concord, NH - This afternoon, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located and arrested two “Fugitives of the Week.” The first was Randall Root, 27 who was wanted for failure to appear on two separate burglary warrants. Root was being sought by both the Grafton and Belknap County Sheriff’s Offices. The second arrest was of this week’s “Fugitive of the Week,” Randell Peters, 24, who was wanted on a Rockingham County arrest warrant for failure to appear on a heroin sales charge.
The Marshals Fugitive Task Force has been the recipient of several tips this week which pointed to a wooded area off of Coffin Brook Road in Alton, where Root was reportedly camping. Today, the fugitive task force, including members from Belknap County Sheriff’s Office, Greenfield Police Department, deputy U.S. Marshals along with the Alton Police Department searched this wooded area. As a result of this search, Root was located and arrested without incident. In addition to the outstanding arrest warrants, Root was in possession of a variety of narcotics. The Alton Police Department will be pursuing criminal charges against Root for the illegal possession of these drugs. Root was transported to the Belknap County Jail for processing and holding pending his initial court appearances.
The second arrest this afternoon was also made due to the numerous tips received that indicated that this week’s “Fugitive of the Week,” Randell Peters was residing in an apartment on Belknap Street in Dover, NH. The Marshals Task Force, including members from the Strafford & Rockingham County Sheriff’s Offices, deputy U.S. Marshals with assistance of several Dover Police Officers. The team responded to a Belknap Street apartment, where Peters was immediately seen fleeing through the apartment, but was quickly apprehended. Mr. Peters was transported to the Rockingham County Jail for processing and holding on his outstanding warrant.
At this Belknap Street residence there were a large number of people, and through further investigation one additional arrest was made. Brian Humphrey, 44, of Rochester, NH was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance by the Dover Police Department. Humphrey was transported to the Dover Police Department for processing on this charge.
As part of the U.S. Marshals fugitive investigation, both Root and Peters were featured as the “Fugitive of the Week.” The “Fugitive of the Week” was aired on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, The Manchester Ink Link and prominently featured on the internet. The “Fugitive of the Week” has been a very successful tool that has resulted in the location and arrest of numerous fugitives since its implementation in 2007.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is grateful to have the support of the public, the media and our federal, state, county and local law enforcement partners. These two arrests are proof that the “Fugitive of the Week” program is a worthwhile endeavor and often leads to the quick and safe arrests of these fugitives. Thank you all for your tremendous support.
Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 6,539 arrests (Updated as of 10/18/2016).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 fugiti