Friday, October 02, 2015

Task Force Arrests Burlington Fugitive in Boston

Burlington, VT - The U.S. Marshals Service, Vermont Violent Offender Task Force (VVOTF) arrested a fugitive who was wanted on several Vermont arrest warrants.

Greg Abts, 34, of Burlington, Vermont was arrested this afternoon in Boston, Massachusetts when located by Deputy U.S. Marshals. In June 2015, Abts fled the halfway house he was committed to in Burlington after he was accused of several new criminal charges.

On June 9, 2015, the Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division (Chittenden County) issued an arrest warrant for Abts, accusing him of 1st Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault, 1st Degree Unlawful Restraint and Interference with Access to Emergency Services.

As a result of the above charges and the fact the Abts fled his halfway house, the Vermont Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole issued a Parole Arrest Warrant for Abts.

Based on the above arrest warrants and the belief that Abts fled the state, the Department of Corrections, the Colchester Police Department and the Burlington Police Department all contacted the U.S. Marshals Service, seeking assistance in locating Abts.

Abts is no stranger to the law and no stranger to the U.S. Marshals Service. In 2013, the Vermont Department of Corrections sought the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in locating Abts, who was a fugitive, wanted for Escape with an underlying charge of Aggravated Domestic Assault with a Weapon and Resisting Arrest. At the time, Abts was committed to a halfway house and fled when allegations came to light that Abts violated the terms of his furlough. The fugitive investigation led the U.S. Marshals to Alabama, where they located and arrested Abts hiding out in a local motel.

Abts will be arraigned as a Fugitive From Justice in a Greater Boston area court prior to being extraditing back to Vermont.

This arrest was a result of a culmination of investigative efforts by the U.S. Marshals VVOTF, the U.S. Marshal’s Service District of Massachusetts and the Vermont Department of Corrections.

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