US marshal: NH inmate isn't Houdini, will be found

December 6, 2011 - 2:00 PM
Escaped Prisoner

The U.S. Marshals Service provided this photo of escaped prisoner David Hobson. The U.S. Marshals Service has increased its reward to $1,000 for information leading to the location and arrest of Hobson. Hobson, 33, escaped Dec. 1, 2011 from the Carroll County jail in Ossipee, N.H. by climbing over the razor wire fence. He is believed to have stolen a vehicle in New Hampshire to return to his home state of Maine. He is from Alfred. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's Office)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A burglary suspect who escaped from a New Hampshire jail five days ago and has vowed revenge on two people in Maine is "not Houdini" and will be caught, a U.S. marshal said Tuesday.

David Glenn Hobson escaped from an Ossipee, N.H., jail on Dec. 1 by scaling a razor-wire fence, injuring himself in the process, authorities said. Police believe he has a gun and appears to hold a grudge against two people with whom he once had a personal relationship.

U.S. Marshal Noel March said the two are aware of the threats and are "in a safe place." He said Hobson, whose criminal record includes a series of burglary convictions, isn't going after past burglary victims.

March vowed that the 33-year-old Hobson would be caught but that law enforcement officials would prefer he turn himself in so no one gets hurt.

"David Glenn Hobson is not Houdini and he's not Whitey Bulger," March said, referring to the famous escape artist and the notorious Boston mob boss who was on the lam for 16 years. "It's important to point out this is not the manhunt of the century."

March implored Hobson to turn himself in to end the stress on his family "and the anxiety he is causing the community at large."

Homes belonging to Hobson's relatives in the greater Alfred and Sanford areas in southern Maine have been searched and are being watched closely by law enforcement officials, Noel said. Relatives have been interviewed multiple times, he said.

Hobson's father was arrested Friday and charged with hindering apprehension after being accused of leaving supplies for Hobson outside his Alfred home. Police say the package included food, water, medical supplies, blankets and clothing. Behind the house, police also found discarded clothing and a receipt showing where Hobson bought a change of clothes and supplies.

Hobson stole a car in Wakefield, N.H., after escaping from jail, police said. The vehicle was found abandoned on a logging road in Alfred, and blood inside added to investigators' suspicion that Hobson was seriously injured.

"You can clearly consider him desperate by virtue of his own actions — a very concerted effort he undertook to escape from the Carroll County House of Corrections, injuring himself in the process — coupled with his own statements he has intentions to harm others," March said.

Aircraft have been buzzing over the greater Sanford area and dozens of heavily armed state troopers, deputy U.S. marshals and members of a violent-fugitive task force are searching on the ground.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Hobson's apprehension.