Concord, NH - “Fugitive of the Week” Alan Scholefield, 43, was arrested without incident in Bangor, Maine, May 19. Scholefield had been wanted on two outstanding arrest warrants, including one for a New Hampshire parole violation, and another for aggravated trafficking of drugs in Maine. Scholefield had been on parole in New Hampshire after being convicted and sentenced for second degree assault.
As part of a U.S. Marshals fugitive investigation, Scholefield had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on March 8. The “Fugitive of the Week” was aired on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, The Manchester Ink Link and 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. Additionally, the “Fugitive of the Week” is distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers.
Due to the “Fugitive of the Week” poster being accessible on the internet, a tipster in Bangor contacted the media, who then quickly provided this information to the task force. The Marshals in Bangor were contacted and provided all of the information which led to Mr. Scholefield’s arrest, without incident, as he sat outside of an Essex Street building.
This arrest was made through the cooperative efforts of several members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, including; Tipsters, Media Partners, and the Bangor Police Department, along with deputy US Marshals.
Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in more than 6,628 arrests (as of Dec. 27, 2016).These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, seven regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.