HAVERHILL — A sexual offender who was wanted in New Hampshire and Massachusetts was arrested Saturday evening in Haverhill by members of the U.S. Marshal’s task force from Massachusetts and Haverhill police.
Officers were able to safely arrest Benjamin Rodriguez, 45, at Oriental Garden in Westgate Plaza, where he was working as bouncer, according to police. The Marshals Service described Rodriguez as the “Fugitive of the Week.”
According to the Essex district attorney's office, Rodriguez was arraigned in Haverhill District Court on Monday and was ordered held without bail, pending his return to New Hampshire as a fugitive from justice on his New Hampshire warrants.
Rodriguez was wanted on multiple arrest warrants in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, according to Supervisory Deputy Jeffrey White, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service.
The first was a New Hampshire parole warrant for an underlying offenses of aggravated felonious sexual assault. The second and third offenses involved Rodriguez’s failure to comply with the sex offender registry. Additionally, Rodriguez had an outstanding warrant out of Tyngsboro, White said in a press release.
Last week, members of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force did extensive research in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
White said these efforts paid off, when information was developed that Rodriguez was working at a restaurant in Haverhill. He said this information was shared with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Massachusetts and Haverhill police, who were able to locate and arrest Rodriguez Saturday night.
White said the investigation was a combined effort of fugitive task force members from Hillsborough, Rockingham, Belknap and Strafford County sheriff’s offices, all in New Hampshire, the Federal Protective Service, Haverhill police, and deputy U.S. marshals from Massachusetts.
"Without this group effort, this team would not have had such quick success," White said. "Thank you to everyone that made the location and arrest of Mr. Rodriguez a top priority. Those efforts are greatly appreciated."
More information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at www.usmarshals.gov.