Tri-City transient arrested after chase at Somersworth homeless camp

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Shawn Michael Hartford (Police mugshot)

CONCORD - A U.S. Marshal's fugitive with ties to the Tri-Cities was arrested on Monday night by Somersworth Police after fleeing on foot from law enforcement at a homeless encampment.

Shawn Michael Hartford, 36, had been sought on a Strafford County arrest warrant for bail violations on an ongoing narcotics case involving both methamphetamines and heroin.

Hartford was arrested after Somersworth Police developed information that he was reportedly residing in a tent in a local homeless encampment. Members of the Somersworth Police Department went to the camp and immediately observed a person fleeing, who was later determined to be Hartford.

Also located at the camp was James Hartford (Shawn's brother), who was arrested on an outstanding Somersworth Police Department warrant for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

The Somersworth Police Department, along with their K-9 Bravo made the arrest with the assistance of State Police and the Rollinsford Police Department.

Hartford refused bail and was transported to the Strafford County Jail, where he will be held pending the resolution of his court case in the Strafford County Superior Court.

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