Surveillance Leads to the Arrest of ‘Fugitive of the Week’

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Concord,
NH – The United States Marshals Service – NH Joint Fugitive
Task Force is happy to announce the arrest of yet another “Fugitive of
the Week” this morning. John Patrick Barber, 30 years-of-age,
had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on June 15th. Mr. Barber
was wanted by the Manchester Police Department on an arrest warrant for
failing to maintain his sex offender registration. Barber is required to
register as a sex offender due to a 2013 conviction in Rockingham County
Superior Court for felonious sexual assault on a child over the age of
13, but less than 16 years of age with an age difference of greater than
four years.As part of this feature as the “Fugitive of the
Week,” Barber had been aired on WTPL-FM, WNTK-FM, WTSN-FM, WEMJ-FM, The
Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat,
Manchester Information, the Manchester Ink Link, the Rochester Voice and
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 creation in 2007.
Additionally, the “Fugitive of the Week” was distributed statewide to
all law enforcement officers in New Hampshire. Today, members of
the US Marshal’s, New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force were
conducting surveillance in Manchester in an area that Barber was known
to be around. In this area, a vehicle that Barber was frequently seen in
was observed departing the area and attempted to lose the surveillance
teams. The vehicle fled at a high speed down I-93 south to the
Derry/Londonderry exit where they continued to attempt to elude the
surveillance teams. The vehicle containing Barber was eventually
cornered at the end of a dead-end street in Londonderry, NH where Barber
was arrested without further incident. The operator of the
vehicle, Keelee Estes, 27 years-of-age, whose last known address was in
Manchester was arrested and charged with Reckless Operation of a motor
vehicle by the NH State Police. The vehicle was towed from the scene.Mr. Barber was transported by the task force to the Manchester
Police Department, where he was processed on his outstanding arrest
warrant.This arrest was made by several member agencies of the
US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, including members from the Strafford
County (NH) Sheriff’s Office, the Londonderry and Manchester Police
Departments, the NH State Police, along with deputy US Marshals.Since the inception of the U.S. Marshals – New Hampshire Joint Fugitive
Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 8,542
arrests (Updated as of 12/31/2021). 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, 8 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of
offices in foreign countries.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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