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For Immediate Release
January 27 2019
For more information contact:
Det. Trooper Christopher N. Elphick
(603) 223-8946

Escape from New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord

John D. Mesquita, Sr., prison photo

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at approximately 11:45 AM John D. Mesquita Sr., 42, an inmate residing at the Community Corrections Transitional Work Center located at 281 North State Street in Concord, escaped from the custody of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.

Mesquita was serving a sentence after being convicted of Armed Robbery, Second Degree Assault, Felon in Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, and several other offenses.

In conjunction with the United States Marshals Service, Tilton Police Department, Concord Police Department and New Hampshire Department of Corrections Investigators, information was obtained that Mesquita was in possession of a stolen firearm, a vehicle and was fleeing the state.

Members of the New Hampshire State Police were able to determine the location of Mesquita, who was taken into custody by members of the Virginia State Police without incident during the early morning hours of Friday, January 25, 2019. Mesquita is currently being held at a correctional facility in Virginia awaiting arraignment and extradition back to New Hampshire to face charges relating to the incident and escape.

Commissioner Hanks, of the NH Department of Corrections, is thankful for the support of all law enforcement in the safe apprehension of Mr. Mesquita.

Anyone with further information regarding the investigation is asked to contact Trooper Christopher N. Elphick of the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit at (603)223-8946.

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