Sex offender fled NH by way of 39-day bike ride to Florida

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CONCORD, NH – The U.S. Marshal Service, Manchester and Dunbarton Police Departments are pleased to announce that last evening, Edgar Gordon, 49, of Manchester, NH was arrested by the U.S. Marshals, Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force, in Oak Hill, FL. Gordon, was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Manchester Police Department for failure to register as a sex offender. Gordon was also wanted by NH State Probation and Parole for a parole violation with an original offense of burglary; Dunbarton Police Department for burglary and felony reckless conduct; and by Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear for burglary.

Information was recently developed that Gordon was residing at REANNA Ministries, where he was arrested without incident.

Gordon, a registered sex offender, told police in an interview that he departed New Hampshire in May of 2014 on a 39-day bicycle ride to Florida. While in Florida, Gordon told police he eluded capture by staying in the woods and various shelters, when he learned police were searching for him. Gordon is required to register as a sex offender due to a 1994 conviction in Caribou County, Maine Superior Court for Gross Sexual Assault on a victim under the age of 18.

Under New Hampshire law, Gordon is considered a Tier III sex offender and is required to register for life while living in NH. A Tier III offender is the highest level of sex offender and deemed the most likely to re-offend. Gordon is being held by Volusia Co Sheriff’s Office where he has pending charges for failing to register as a sex offender in Florida. Once Gordon is cleared of any local charge he will be held as a fugitive from justice and would be extradited back to New Hampshire.

U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr., said “This is a great example of how the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Forces coordinate nationwide to locate sex offenders who no longer wish to comply with state sex offender registries.” Cargill continued, “The cooperative effort of these fugitive task forces made up of Federal, State and Local partners allows the agency to locate sex offenders and fugitives who may be otherwise unnoticed in other communities throughout the United States.”

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,869 arrests (Updated as of 12/4/2014. 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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  • Kat

    Interesting, that NH law considers this man a tier III sex offender. Not what he was charged with in the state that charged him. Picture this.. 24 years old in a bar, a girl is there drinking and goes home with guy to do what couples do after drinking all night in a bar. Now you would assume she is 18, but she turns out to be 17. Charges!! Lesson learned. Now a tier III sex offender , ( in your description) is the highest level and deemed most likely to offend again. How interesting that there has never been another charge of sexual offense type??? Lord the man is 49 years old now. 25 years and no repeat offense!!! Edgar was not required to register as a sex offender in Florida as he is not a sex offender of children. All charges for Florida were dropped and Edgar was cleared. So why is NH acting like he did something wrong??.
    I know the officials are trying to do their job , but there a real criminals out their that are doing bad things to children, so why come after someone who has done his time, turned his life around, given everything to God and asked for forgiveness, attends a local church weekly, volunteers all his time at a ministry and would give the shirt off his back or his whole paycheck to help others??