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Fugitive arrested in New Hampton

April 25, 2019
NEW HAMPTON – After being featured as last Wednesday's "Fugitive of the Week" by the U.S. Marshal's Service, 27-year-old Thomas Kent Drake was taken into custody in New Hampton for a warrant issued by the Grafton County Sheriff's Office on probation violations stemming from a previous narcotics-related charge.

The U.S. Marshals-N.H. Joint Task Force had been actively tracking down leads on Drake's whereabouts, and once he was featured as Fugitive of the Week, several sightings were reported to police in the Lakes Region. Those sightings soon led to New Hampton where a relative of Drake's was known to reside.

When officials from the joint task force and several local law enforcement agencies arrived at that home last week, they observed Drake running off into the nearby woods.

Bristol Police Officer Nick Kelley and his K9 Arro began tracking the suspect as other officers spread out to surround the area. While Arro's presence seemed to push Drake further into the woods, officers from the task force were waiting for him on the other side and an arrest was made.

Drake was processed for his outstanding arrest warrant at the Bristol Police Department then transported to the Grafton County Jail where he was held pending an upcoming court appearance.

The New Hampshire Department of Justice said in a press release that Drake's capture was the result of a cooperative effort by the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force from Belknap, Strafford and Rockingham County Sheriff's Offices and police officers from Bristol, New Hampton, Alexandria and Danbury.

Just the week before, those agencies were also able to capture another person in central New Hampshire featured as "Fugitive of the Week" on April 10.

Once USMS announced that morning that they were looking for 31-year-old Robert Adkins, Jr., police almost immediately began receiving phone calls that were specific as to Adkins' residency in Bristol. The Joint Fugitive Task Force then teamed up with officers from Bristol, Alexandria and Danbury to respond to the address they were given. While Adkins did leave the home once law enforcement arrived in the area, he was soon taken into custody at a nearby gas station. He was being sought on an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of controlled drugs and receiving stolen property.

The New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force was formed by the U.S. Marshal Service in 2002 and since that time their partnerships with local law enforcement teams have resulted in nearly 7,500 arrests. Each week the USMS releases the name and photo of a wanted fugitive, broadcasting it around the state through television, print media and the internet, along with notifications to police. Through this action, people they have apprehended have been wanted for crimes such as murder, assault, failure to register as a sexual offender and other serious offenses.

Garnet Hill
Martin Lord Osman
Penny Pitou
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