Concord, NH - This morning, deputy U.S. Marshals from both New Hampshire and Massachusetts located and arrested fugitive, Jeffrey Nickerson, 41, of Franklin, N.H. Nickerson was arrested after it was learned that he was staying at a Chelmsford Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, Nickerson was observed leaving with a companion in a NH registered vehicle. This vehicle was followed onto I-495 in Lowell, Massachusetts, where it was stopped by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Once the vehicle was stopped, Nickerson was arrested without incident.
Jeffrey Nickerson is a registered sex offender, who was wanted on two outstanding arrest warrants issued by the both the Belknap and Rockingham County Superior Courts for Bail & Probation Violations. Nickerson was on Bail and probation based on original convictions and sentences for theft by unauthorized taking and burglary. Nickerson was previously featured as a U.S. Marshals – “Fugitive of the Week” and was arrested in June by the Fugitive Task Force hiding inside of a refrigerator in Pittsfield, NH. Nickerson went to court after this arrest and posted a $10,000 cash bail. Mr. Nickerson was scheduled to appear in Rockingham Superior Court on September 24th, and failed to appear, causing the new arrest warrants to be issued.
As a convicted sex offender, Nickerson is required to register as a sex offender in the State of New Hampshire based on his 1994 conviction for 3 counts of sexual assault in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force deemed Nickerson a high priority case, due to his extensive criminal history and being a convicted sex offender.
Nickerson was transported to the Lowell District Court and turned over to the Massachusetts State Police for charging as a fugitive from justice on the outstanding NH arrest warrants. Nickerson will be seen by a judge in Massachusetts today and will be held at the Middlesex County Jail pending his eventual return to NH.
Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 6,089 arrests (Updated as of 7/29/2015). 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.