NH fugitive sex offender bicycles to Florida, gets busted by marshalsBy DAVE SOLOMON
New Hampshire Union Leader
July 10. 2015 10:20PM
A convicted sex offender from Manchester, on the run for more than a year, was arrested Thursday by U.S. marshals in Florida, his destination after a 39-day bicycle trip from New Hampshire.
Edgar Gordon, 49, was arrested in Oak Hill, Fla., on an outstanding arrest warrant from the Manchester Police Department for failure to register as a sex offender.
Gordon was also wanted by N.H. Probation and Parole for a parole violation in connection with a burglary conviction; by Dunbarton police for burglary and felony reckless conduct; and by the Merrimack County sheriff for failure to appear on a burglary charge.
Marshals learned that Gordon was living at a homeless shelter in Oak Hill, where he was arrested without incident. Police say he told them he left New Hampshire in May, and set out on a 39-day bicycle trip to Florida, camping in the woods and staying at shelters.
Gordon is required to register as a sex offender because of a 1994 conviction in Aroostook County, Maine, for gross sexual assault on a victim under the age of 18. As a Tier III sex offender, considered most likely to re-offend under New Hampshire law, Gordon is required to register every three months for life.
He is being held by the county sheriff in Oak Hill, where he is facing charges for failing to register as a sex offender in Florida, and will later be extradited to New Hampshire.
“This is a great example of how the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force coordinates nationwide to locate sex offenders who no longer wish to comply with the sex offender registries,” said U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr. “The cooperation of these fugitive task forces, made up of federal, state and local partners, allows us to locate sex offenders and fugitives who might otherwise go unnoticed in communities throughout the United States.”
Since its inception in 2002, the N.H. Joint Fugitive Task Force has contributed to nearly 6,000 arrests on charges ranging from murder, assault and unregistered sex offenders to probation and parole violations. Coordinated by the U.S. Marshals Service, the task force is comprised of all 10 county sheriff departments in the state, the State Police, federal law enforcement agencies, and 20 local police departments.