Tattooed fugitive who walked away from NH half-way house captured in Pennsylvania

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Eric Judkins, captured by U.S. Marshals in Pennsylvania.

CONCORD, NH – After receiving several dozen tips that spanned from coast to coast, the United States Marshal’s – N.H. Joint Fugitive Task Force is happy to announce the arrest of escaped fugitive, Eric Judkins.  Last night Mr. Judkins was located and arrested without incident at a residence in Howard, Pennsylvania.

On Monday, Eric Judkins, 42, who was an inmate at the Hampshire House, a half-way house in Manchester,  failed to return to the facility.   Judkins had been serving part of a 27-month sentence for a serious assault that occurred while he was in a federal prison.  This assault on an inmate occurred while Judkins was serving a 210-month sentence for a 1999 New Hampshire Bank Robbery.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals requested the public’s assistance in tracking down Judkins.  This plea was answered by countless members of the public that called, texted and e-mailed tips in that placed Mr. Judkins in states from New Hampshire to California and everywhere in between.  Each tip was evaluated and information was further developed that pointed to the Howard, PA area.  The U.S. Marshals in New Hampshire forwarded this information to their counterparts in the Williamsport, PA office. 

After an all-day search by deputy U.S. Marshals, the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police and Clinton County Probation Officers, Judkins was located and arrested without incident inside a residence in the 100 block of Black Walnut Street in Howard, PA.  Judkins was located in the company of another fugitive, Quintin Titus, 22, who was arrested on a probation violation, stemming from an original conviction for theft.

Judkins and Quintin are currently being held at the Lycoming County Prison in Williamsport, PA.  Mr. Judkins is scheduled to have an initial court appearance later today at the U.S. District Courthouse in Williamsport, PA.  Quintin will have a court appearance in a Pennsylvania State Court at a later time.

U.S. Marshal David L. Cargill, Jr. said, “This dangerous fugitive was quickly arrested due in part to the large number of tips that came into our office, combined with the tireless work of the investigators in both NH and Pennsylvania.”  Cargill continued, “Thank you to everyone that had a part in this investigation, without your help, this quick arrest would not have been possible.”  

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 6,806 arrests (Updated as of 5/25/2017). 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.

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