New Hampshire’s ‘Fugitive of the Week’ captured in Massachusetts

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CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Corrections announced today the arrest of Cory Michael Watts, the former Fugitive of the Week, who was apprehended in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Watts, 54, was wanted on a probation violation warrant after failing to adhere to the conditions of his four-year probation supervision, which was the result of a conviction on one count of a Class B Felony Kidnapping.

He had failed to appear for his scheduled probation meetings.

The search for Watts intensified after he was spotlighted by the Department as the Fugitive of the Week on May 31.

A recent tip led authorities to believe Watts was residing in Springfield.

Acting on this information, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office coordinated with multiple law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest Watts.

On Nov. 21, deputies, alongside the United States Marshals Service, Districts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts Joint Fugitive Task Forces, Springfield Police Department Firearms Investigation Unit, and the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, successfully took Watts into custody without incident.

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections has extended its gratitude to all participating agencies for their collaboration and swift action in securing Watts’ arrest.

Launched in March, the Department’s Fugitive of the Week program seeks to enlist the public’s help in tracking down individuals who have evaded supervision.

New fugitive profiles are disseminated every Wednesday via various communication platforms and to law enforcement through the New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center.

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