A man wanted in connection with a violent assault on a New Hampshire woman — and who fled sexual assault charges in Texas — was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Salem on Monday night.
Arthur Huffman, 44, was wanted on an outstanding Rockingham County, N.H. arrest warrant issued on Jan. 7 for two counts of second degree assault – strangulation and kicking and simple assault. The warrant stemmed from Huffman's alleged violent assault on a female victim at a residence in Stratham, N.H. in June of 2012, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service.
Huffman, whose last known address was in Stratham was arrested Monday night in Salem by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force from Massachusetts and members of the Salem Police Department. The arrest was the culmination of a multi-state search in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Texas.
As the investigation developed, it was learned that Huffman was arrested in Mansfield, Texas in December of 2012 for an alleged sexual assault. He was released on $35,000 bond in that case and fled the state. This led investigators in Texas to seek an arrest warrant for bail violations. The investigation then turned back to Massachusetts, where Huffman was known to have a lot of family and friends.
On Monday night, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force from Massachusetts were conducting surveillance on a residence of a known associate of Huffman. After a period of time, he was observed leaving the residence in a vehicle driven by a family member. The car was stopped on Bridge Street by members of the Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Salem Police Department. Huffman was arrested without incident.
Huffman was brought to the Salem Police Department, where he was charged with being a fugitive from justice on the outstanding arrest warrants from both New Hampshire and Texas. He will be held pending his initial court appearance in Salem District Court today. After his court appearance, he will likely held without bail pending his return to New Hampshire and eventually Texas to face the outstanding charges.