CONCORD, NH – On Aug. 21 the U.S. Marshal Service along with officers from the Concord Police Department arrested Ashton Garland, 24, of Beacon Street, Concord. The U.S. Marshals were contacted Friday requesting assistance in the location and arrest of Garland. Garland was wanted on a Jackson County, OK, warrant in connection with kidnapping and assault with a dangerous weapon that occurred in Altus, Oklahoma, in April, 2015.
Information was rapidly developed Friday, indicating that Garland was living in an apartment at a residence on Beacon Street in Concord. Members of the U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force, along with the Concord Police Department went to the Beacon Street residence to attempt to locate and arrest Garland. After several knocks at the door, someone was heard coming to the door and then fled upstairs. Entry into the apartment was forced with a battering ram. Garland was located hiding in the attic, where he was arrested without further incident.
Garland was processed and charged as a fugitive from justice, based on the outstanding Oklahoma arrest warrant.
According to media reports, on April 8 Altus Oklahoma police investigated a call involving Garland’s girlfriend who was hit by a car allegedly driven by Garland. The women told police Garland intentionally hit her with his car while she was carrying her 2-year-old son after the two had an argument earlier in the day. She told police that Garland kept her in a bedroom by blocking the door with a bed, and that she eventually smashed out a window in order to call for help.
Once she and her son were out of the apartment, she says Garland got into his vehicle and deliberately hit them. Evidence at the scene showed the vehicle left the roadway and drove for 117 feet in the grass before she was hit.
Garland was held at the Merrimack County Jail pending his initial court appearance and eventual return to Oklahoma to face these allegations.
This arrest was made by several member agencies of the U.S. Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force, including members from the Rockingham and Strafford County Sheriff’s Offices, Concord and Allenstown Police Departments, along with deputy U.S. Marshals.
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.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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