As 1 NH Fugitive Is Killed and 2nd Captured, Marshals Need Your Help Finding a 3rd
In the past week, the U.S. Marshals have caught one New Hampshire Fugitive of the Week, killed a second one and are hoping you can help them find a third.
In an interview Wednesday with Peter St. James and Pat Kelly on "Good Morning New Hampshire" on Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White told the radio hosts last week's featured fugitive had been shot and killed Tuesday in Florida. (You can listen to the full interview above.)
White said James Benny Hobbs, aka "The Whip," fled the Granite State after finding out police in Amherst planned to arrest him for aggravated felonious sexual assault on a child under the age of 15.
Hobbs, a former attorney who was charged with defrauding several clients in 2005, had been living in Stratham.
Police caught up with the 58-year-old Hobbs on Tuesday at a Howard Johnson motel in St. Augustine on Tuesday evening. Hobbs opened the door to his room and made "several sudden moves" that caused three officers to fatally shoot him.
While admitting that it's good the case has come to an end, White said that is not the outcome they would like.
"It's not the way we want to close a case," he said. "At the same time, it's an unfortunate loss for a family. People have to keep in mind that these people have families just like you and I, and that's not what anyone even wants to hear."
In a much better outcome for the Marshals, Robert Eaton, the first Fugitive of the Week featured in 2018, was arrested Jan. 31.
Eaton had two warrants out for his arrest. The first was a parole warrant in New Hampshire for a larceny offense. Police in Haverhill, Massachusetts, issued the second warrant accusing Eaton of impersonating a police officer and sexually assaulting a female while impersonating an officer.
Authorities found Eaton in an abandoned warehouse on Varney Street in Manchester.
The U.S. Marshals also are asking for the public's help in finding 45-year-old Benjamin Rodriguez who is charged with parole violations of a conviction of aggravated felonious sexual assault, breech of bail on a sex offender registry violation, and failure to appear on a sex offender registry violation.
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