Concord, NH – Just this morning, the U.S. Marshals sent out the intended Fugitive of the Week, Nicholas Donald Cloutier to its media partners. As luck would have it, at around noon-time today, the fugitive task force through surveillance and interviews developed information that led officers to the area of Arms Park in Manchester, NH, where Cloutier was located and arrested without incident.
Nicholas Cloutier, 25 was last known to be living in the Manchester, Nashua and Derry, NH areas, was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Rockingham County Superior Court. This arrest warrant was issued in December, 2013 for probation violations, stemming from an original conviction and sentence involving heroin.
Last Thursday evening, members of the U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force had attempted to locate and arrest Cloutier at an apartment building in the 300 block of Lake Avenue in Manchester, where he had been staying with his girlfriend. Somehow, Cloutier was able to flee from this residence unseen by investigators until he had an impressive head start. Although Cloutier eluded capture Thursday night, this was only a temporary delay in his arrest.
Based on the outstanding arrest warrant and the fact that Cloutier had evaded capture last week, Cloutier was selected to be featured as this week’s “Fugitive of the Week.” If Cloutier had not been arrested today, he would have been featured as this week’s 'Fugitive of the Week', which would have been broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat and is prominently featured on the internet.
Today’s arrest was made by deputy U.S. Marshals, and Task Force Officers from the Manchester Police Department and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, along with several other members of the Manchester Police Department and their K-9 unit.
Cloutier was initially transported to Manchester Police Department to be processed on the outstanding arrest warrant. After Cloutier is processed, he will be picked up by the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and held at the Rockingham County Jail pending his initial court appearance tomorrow on the probation violation.
Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,523 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.