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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

'Fugitive of the Week' Surrenders to the County Jail



Concord, NH - On December 3rd, “Fugitive of the Week,” Zachary Estevez, 20, surrendered to the Belknap County Department of Corrections. Estevez was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear for armed robbery with a gun. These charges were brought as a result of an incident on August 2nd in Laconia, NH.

As part of the U.S. Marshals fugitive investigation, Estevez was featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on November 23rd. 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. Additionally, the “Fugitive of the Week” is distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers.

The “Fugitive of the Week” feature did provide numerous leads, which were quickly followed up on by numerous members of the fugitive task force. With the additional media coverage, Estevez, decided to surrender to authorities. Estevez is being held at the Belknap County Department of Corrections pending his initial court appearance.

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 fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

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