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NH fugitive sought for a year found in Detroit

March 13. 2014 7:31PM

BROWNSTOWN, Mich. — A former New Hampshire Fugitive of the Week has been captured in a suburb of Detroit.

The United States Marshals Service announced that Shaun Ellis was arrested in Brownstown Township, Mich., on Thursday afternoon.

Ellis, 52, had been sought on a Sullivan County warrant charging him with failing to appear in court to answer charges involving forged or false prescriptions. The Marshals Service made him fugitive of the week in March 2013. At the time he was believed to have been living in the Unity-Claremont area, but was described as having ties to Cape Cod.

“He had been using his real name, but flying under the radar,” said Deputy U.S. Marshall Jeffrey White. “He would get apartments in other people’s names, all his cars were under other people’s names.”

In addition to the New Hampshire charge, Ellis had previously been convicted in Massachusetts on charges of felony possession of Oxycontin and for pulling a gun at a Cape Cod pharmacy while attempting to obtain a prescription.

White said the U.S. Marshals were unaware that Ellis had been living in Michigan, and were tipped off to his presence by a Michigander who became aware that he was wanted.

While in New Hampshire, he also used the name Normand Ellis.

Ellis is being held in the Wayne County Jail in Detroit. Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies will go to Michigan to bring him back to New Hampshire to face the felony charges.

The Fugitive of the Week program, in which the Marshals publicize a wanted person through the New Hampshire Union Leader and other media outlets, is credited with more than 5,500 arrests of people wanted by law enforcement in the state since 2002.

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