Dangerous 'Fugitive of the Week' arrested
CONCORD — "Fugitive of the Week" Shaun Springer, 28, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Tuesday after he was observed by surveillance teams on Sachem Street in Lynn, Mass.
Springer was last known to live in Portsmouth, but had fled after learning that a warrant for his arrest was issued by the Portsmouth Police Department on April 7, according to a news release.
Springer was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants for second-degree assault by strangulation issued by the Portsmouth Police Department, along with an arrest warrant issued by the Lynn (Mass.) Police Department for assault with intent to murder with a firearm. The Portsmouth Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals to locate and arrest Springer. Based on the serious nature of these charges, the fugitive task force made Springer one of its top priorities, according to the release.
As part of the investigation, Springer was aired as the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force's weekly feature known as the "Fugitive of the Week" on May 23. The "Fugitive of the Week" is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Nashua Telegraph and is prominently featured on the Internet. In this particular investigation, the distribution of the "Fugitive of the Week" was expanded to the entire New England region in an effort to get more of the public's assistance.
Several times during the investigation, authorities had heard from family members, friend and associates that Springer was going to surrender. He never surrendered, and the search intensified, which ultimately led members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Massachusetts to the area of Sachem Street in Lynn, Mass., this afternoon, police said. After a period of surveillance, Springer was seen leaving a residence and walking down the street when investigators moved in and made the arrest. Although Springer was unarmed, he was found to be in possession of heroin and marijuana, which will be charged by the Lynn (Mass.) Police Department, police said.
Springer was turned over to the Lynn Police Department on its outstanding arrest warrant for assault with intent to murder with a firearm, as well as the new drug charges.
In addition, Springer will be charged with being a fugitive from justice on the outstanding N.H. warrant for second-degree assault by strangulation, police said.
Springer will be held by the Lynn Police Department pending his initial court appearance and eventual return to N.H. after he clears up his criminal matters in Massachusetts.