Concord, NH – Yesterday, Fugitive of the Week, Shantel Demand, was arrested in Salisbury, MA. Demand, 23, who was last known to live in Amesbury, MA, was being sought on an outstanding arrest warrant issued in September of 2013. The NH State Parole Board issued an arrest warrant for Demand for violating her conditions of parole. Demand was on parole after being convicted and sentenced for burglaries.
As part of the U.S. Marshals fugitive investigation, Demand was featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on October 31st. The “Fugitive of the Week” is 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. The “Fugitive of the Week” has been a very successful tool that has resulted in the location and arrest of numerous fugitives since its implementation in 2007.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in both NH and MA both actively worked on this investigation and distributed Demand’s wanted poster to numerous local police departments. These efforts paid off yesterday when an officer from the Salisbury Police Department encountered Demand. Demand was arrested and charged as a fugitive from justice. Due to Demand being pregnant, bail was set at $1000 and she was released, pending a court appearance today in a Newburyport District Court. It is hopeful that Demand will surrender to authorities in NH as directed by the Massachusetts District Court Judge.
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.