Steven Palmer, this week’s scheduled “Fugitive of the Week,” was arrested in Nashua on Oct. 6 by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, who found him by accident while dropping off his “wanted” posted at the Nashua Public Library.
Palmer, 42, last known to be homeless in Manchester.
Palmer was also and was wanted out of Vermont on a federal arrest warrant issued for Supervised Release Violations, stemming from an original criminal case for mail fraud.
As part of the U.S. Marshals fugitive investigation, Palmer was selected to be featured as this week’s “Fugitive of the Week” on October 9, and the poster was created and sent out to all of our media partners Monday morning. The “Fugitive of the Week” is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat and is prominently featured on the internet via Manchester Ink Link and other news sites. 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.
After sending out the Fugitive of the Week poster, one of our partners contacted us with information that pointed investigators to Nashua. Members of the Fugitive Task Force went to Nashua intending to speak with law enforcement, homeless shelters, and other public locations. By chance, Deputy U.S. Marshals went to the public library to speak with the staff and drop off a poster. As the Deputies entered the library, they immediately saw Mr. Palmer walking towards the front counter to check out a book. Mr. Palmer was positively identified and arrested without any incident.
Mr. Palmer was brought to the U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H. for his initial court appearance on the outstanding Vermont federal arrest warrant. Palmer will be detained without bail at the Strafford County Jail in Dover pending his return to Vermont.
Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,801 arrests (Updated as of 08/13/2014). 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.