Wednesday, March 27, 2013

'Fugitive of the Week', Vodie Bishop, Arrested by Worcester Police

Concord, NH - 'Fugitive of the Week' Vodie Bishop, 21, most recently of the Worcester, Mass. area was arrested Monday evening by the Worcester Police Department.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office had requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force back in Aug. 2012. Bishop was wanted on arrest warrants for three counts of Failure to Appear for Felonious Sexual Assault.

As part of this investigation, Bishop was aired in the weekly feature known as the 'Fugitive of the Week' on Aug. 23rd, 2012. The 'Fugitive of the Week' is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph and prominently featured on the internet.

On Monday, Worcester Police Department, were conducting a welfare check of an individual by the name of “JR” who was possibly suicidal in the Kelly Square area. An Officer located “JR” and in the process of identifying him learned that his true identity was that of Bishop. Bishop had fled Manchester, NH area due to the extensive media attention brought by the ‘Fugitive of the Week’ program. A frisk of Bishop found that he was carrying several baggies of what is believed to be crack cocaine in his pocket. Bishop was arrested and brought to the Worcester Police Department for processing on the outstanding arrest warrants and for possession of a class B drug with intent to distribute. Bishop is being held at the Worcester County Jail in Worcester pending his initial court appearance.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,370 arrests. 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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