CONCORD - The U.S. Marshals (NH) Joint Fugitive Task Force today is requesting public assistance in its efforts to locate and arrest a Strafford Count fugitive who has an extensive criminal record.
Grant William Ohlson, 43, a local transient, is wanted for failing to appear for an arraignment in a case in which he is alleged to have smuggled fentanyl into Strafford County Jail. In addition, Ohlson has active warrants for theft, probation violations and criminal Trespass. He is known to be violent and has recently been associated with the possession and/or transfer of firearms. Ohlson has strong ties to Dover, Somersworth, Rochester and Farmington.
In June Ohlson, who has a long rap sheet, was released on bail after an arrest on burglary charges. He was arrested again the next day for criminal trespass at a Rochester business.
Ohlson has a longtime penchant for stringing together multiple arrests within hours of being released on bail.
In September 2017 he was charged with theft for stealing a woman's purse from her home shortly after his release by Somersworth Police on no bail on two felony-level theft charges.
Rochester Police say that arrest unfolded as officers responded to a residence on Old Dover Road for what was called in as a burglary in progress.
"The reporting party stated the back door was open, there were items missing and they thought someone may still be inside the residence," Rochester Police Capt. Todd Pinkham said at the time of the 2017 break-in.
While clearing the residence, officers located Ohlson, who did not have permission to be there.
Ohlson was arrested on one count of burglary and one count of contempt for violating bail conditions of a prior unrelated arrest.
He was then released on PR bail.
Days later he was arrested again for trespassing at a local business that had a no trespass order served on him previously. He was charged with criminal trespass and contempt for violating bail conditions.
Other arrests this year:
May 19: violation of protective order and an EBW for conduct after an accident.
May 6: EBW for criminal trespass.
April 26: CAPIAS (a Superior Court EBW) for possession of scheduled drug
April 18: Criminal trespass X 2, drive after rev/sus and
Dec. 27: Burglary night plus EBW
July 27: Arrest on Warrant
It should be noted that the May 6 arrest was the result of Ohlson screaming at people and swinging a knife in Rochester in the area of Columbus Avenue and South Main Street near Jimmy Jones restaurant.
No threats were made with the knife and no one was hurt, so no charges were forthcoming in connection with the knife, Pinkham said soon after the arrest.
Ohlson is described as 5' 4'' and 135 pounds with blue eyes and brown/balding hair.
He has tattoos on both arms, upper and lower neck.
If anyone sees someone who resembles Ohlson they are asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, or your local police.
The task force urges the public not to attempt to apprehend Ohlson yourself. Report any information to the neres USMS district office at (603) 225-1632, or call 1-877-WANTED-2, or submit a WEB-TIP, or TEXT NHTIP with any information to TIP411.