Concord, NH – This afternoon, “Fugitive of the Week” Shaun Springer, 28, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force after he was observed by surveillance teams on Sachem Street in Lynn, Massachusetts. Springer was last known to live in Portsmouth, NH, but had fled after learning that a warrant for his arrest was issued by the Portsmouth Police Department on April 7, 2013.
Springer was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants for 2nd degree assault by strangulation issued by the Portsmouth Police Department, along with an arrest warrant issued by the Lynn, Mass. Police Department for assault with intent to murder with a firearm. The Portsmouth Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals to locate and arrest Springer. Based on the serious nature of these charges, the fugitive task force made Springer one of their top priorities.
As part of this investigation, Springer was aired as the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force’s weekly feature known as the “Fugitive of the Week” on May 23, 2013. The “Fugitive of the Week” is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, the Union Leader, the Nashua Telegraph and is prominently featured on the internet. In this particular investigation, the distribution of the “Fugitive of the Week” was greatly expanded to the entire New England region in an effort to get more of the public’s assistance.
Several times during this investigation, we heard from family members, friend and associates that Springer was going to surrender. Springer never did surrender and the search intensified, which ultimately led members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Massachusetts to the area of Sachem Street in Lynn this afternoon. After a period of surveillance, Springer was seen leaving a residence and walking down the street when investigators moved in and made the arrest. Although Springer was unarmed, he was found to be in possession of both heroin and marijuana which will be charged by the Lynn Police Department.
Springer was turned over to the Lynn Police Department on their outstanding arrest warrant for assault with intent to murder with a firearm, as well as the new drug charges. In addition to the Massachusetts warrant, Springer will be charged with being a fugitive from justice on the outstanding N.H. warrant for 2nd degree assault by strangulation. Springer will be held by the Lynn Police Department pending his initial court appearance and eventual return to NH after he clears up his criminal matters in Massachusetts.
U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr. said “Another dangerous fugitive was taken off the street today by the U.S. Marshals.” Cargill continued, “I am extremely proud of all of the members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in both Massachusetts and here in NH, without their drive and dedication arrests like these would not be possible.”
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.