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Marshals: Fugitive found, bitten by K-9

NASHUA – The last time Ronald Duby Jr. was arrested for violating requirements of the state’s sex offender registry, he was taken into custody without incident during a Saturday night karaoke contest at a pub in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

But when Nashua police caught up with him late Wednesday at a Chestnut Street apartment and tried to arrest him on a new failure-to-register allegation, things went much differently.

Duby, 46, an on-again, off-again Nashua resident whose current address is unknown, allegedly refused to obey commands by the officers who, accompanied by a K-9 unit, arrived at the apartment with a warrant for his arrest.

“As a result, (Duby) was subdued by a police K-9,” according to a statement issued Thursday by Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Wilson.

Duby was transported to a local hospital, but the nature and extent of his injuries weren’t provided.

Duby will face arraignment on the felony charge of duty to report – failure to register once he is released from the hospital.

According to Wilson’s statement, Duby was featured beginning Nov. 27 as the U.S. Marshals Service’s “Fugitive of the Week,” a program instituted upon the inception in 2002 of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force.

“As a result of (the Fugitive of the Week) feature, Nashua police and the U.S. Marshals Service received numerous tips regarding Mr. Duby,” according to the statement. Those tips, “along with the hard work and collaboration” of Nashua police and the Marshals Service, made the arrest possible.

Duby was also named the Fugitive of the Week just prior to his arrest in Chelmsford two and a half years ago.

According to police reports at the time, Duby was just about to take the stage when officers showed up. When they asked to speak with him in another room, Duby complied, and was taken into custody without incident.

He reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, which sentenced him to four concurrent State Prison terms of two to five years, which he has since completed.

According to Wilson’s statement, Duby is a Tier III sex offender who has been required to register and promptly update his information since 1995, when he was convicted of felonious sexual assault involving a child under age 16, and of felony lewd and lascivious conduct with a child in Windsor County, Vermont.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, or at dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.