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On May 19, 1996, Leslie Isben Rogge became the first person on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list to be apprehended due to the Internet.

The FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives is a most wanted list maintained by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The list arose from a conversation held in late 1949 between J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI, and William Kinsey Hutchinson,[1] International News Service (the predecessor of the United Press International) editor-in-chief, who were discussing ways to promote capture of the FBI's "toughest guys". This discussion turned into a published article, which received so much positive publicity that on March 14, 1950, the FBI officially announced the list to increase law enforcement's ability to capture dangerous fugitives.[2]

Individuals are generally only removed from the list if the fugitive is captured, dies, or if the charges against them are dropped; they are then replaced by a new entry selected by the FBI. In nine cases, the FBI removed individuals from the list after deciding that they were no longer a "particularly dangerous menace to society". Machetero member Víctor Manuel Gerena, added to the list in 1984, was on the list for 32 years, which was longer than anyone else.[1] Billie Austin Bryant spent the shortest amount of time on the list, being listed for two hours in 1969.[3] The oldest person to be added to the list was William Bradford Bishop, Jr. on April 10, 2014 at 77 years old. On rare occasions, the FBI will add a "Number Eleven" if that individual is extremely dangerous but the Bureau does not feel any of the current ten should be removed.[4] Despite occasional references in the media, the FBI does not rank their list; no suspect is considered "#1 on the FBI's Most Wanted List" or "The Most Wanted."[1]

The list is commonly posted in public places such as post offices. In many cases, fugitives on the list have turned themselves in on becoming aware of their listing. As of December 4, 2014, 504 fugitives had been listed, eight of them women, and 473 (94%) captured or located, 155 (31%) of them due to public assistance. On May 19, 1996,[5] Leslie Isben Rogge became the first person on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list to be apprehended due to the Internet.[6] The FBI maintains other lists of individuals, including the Most Wanted Terrorists,[7] along with crime alerts, missing persons, and other fugitive lists.

On June 17, 2013, the list reached a cumulative total of 500 fugitives having been listed.[8]

New additions[edit]

The Criminal Investigative Division (CID) at FBI Headquarters calls upon all 56 Field Offices to submit candidates for the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list.[9] The nominees received are reviewed by Special Agents in the CID and the Office of Public Affairs.[9] The selection of the "proposed" candidate(s) is forwarded to the Assistant Director of the CID for his/her approval and then to the FBI's Director for final approval.[9] This process takes some time which is why James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr., who was arrested in Santa Monica, California on June 22, 2011,[10] remained on the list until May 9, 2012[11] despite no longer being at large. Osama bin Laden similarly remained on the list for almost a year after his death at the hands of U.S. forces on May 2, 2011.[12]

List as of August 2018[edit]

Rewards are offered for information leading to capture of fugitives on the list; the reward is a minimum of $100,000 for all fugitives, current exceptions include Jason Derek Brown, which is $200,000, and Rafael Caro Quintero which is $20,000,000.

Seven of the ten still at large are believed or known to be living outside the United States.

Photo Name Date added Sequence
Robert William Fischer FBI poster.pdf Robert William Fisher June 29, 2002 475 Fisher is wanted for the 2001 murder of his wife Mary and their two children, Robert, Jr. and Brittney, and then blowing up the Scottsdale, Arizona, house in which they lived. Investigators believe he murdered his family because he felt threatened by his wife's intent to divorce.[13][14]
Alexis Flores
Alexis Flores June 2, 2007 487 Flores is wanted for the kidnapping, rape and murder of five-year-old Iriana DeJesus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in July 2000. He was deported to his native Honduras in 2005 after serving a prison term for forgery in Arizona. He was added to the list after deportation when his DNA was matched to the DeJesus crime.[15][16]
Age accelerated image of Jason Derek Brown.jpg Jason Derek Brown December 8, 2007 489 Brown is wanted for murder and armed robbery in Phoenix, Arizona. Authorities allege that in November 2004, he shot and killed an armored car guard outside a movie theater and fled on a bicycle with $56,000 in a duffel bag. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $200,000 for information leading to his capture.[17][18] Authorities believe he may have fled the country and could be living in France or Thailand.[19]
Eduardo Ravelo
Eduardo Ravelo October 21, 2009 493 Ravelo is wanted for his alleged involvement in racketeering activities, conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and conspiracy to possess heroin, cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute. His alleged criminal activities began in 2003.[20] He is believed to be hiding with his wife and children in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He was captured on June 27, 2018 in Michoacan, Mexico.[21][22]
Yaser-said.jpeg Yaser Abdel Said December 4, 2014 504 Said is wanted for the double murder of his daughters in Irving, Texas, on January 1, 2008.[23][24]
FBI Most Wanted Fugitive poster, Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel.pdf Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel April 18, 2017 514 Patel allegedly stabbed and killed his wife in a doughnut shop in Hanover, Maryland on April 12, 2015. He was last seen taking a shuttle to Pennsylvania Station in Newark. According to authorities, he has connections to Canada, India, New Jersey, Kentucky, Georgia and Illinois.[25][26]
Santiago Villalba Mederos September 25, 2017 515 Villalba Mederos, a member of the violent Eastside Lokotes Sureno gang, is wanted in connection with two separate shootings in Tacoma, Washington, that resulted in the death of a young woman and the serious wounding of her brother, and a month later, the murder of a young man. Mederos was a teenager at the time of the killings.[27]
Portrait of Alejandro Castillo.jpg Alejandro Rosales Castillo October 25, 2017 516 Alejandro Rosales Castillo, 17 years old at the time of the killing, is wanted in connection with the 2016 murder of a 23-year-old woman, Truc Quan “Sandy” Ly Le, whom he had previously dated. The two became acquainted while working together in a Charlotte restaurant.[28]
Rafael Caro Quintero April 12, 2018 518 Caro Quintero, a Mexican cartel leader, is wanted for his role in the kidnapping and murder of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique Camarena Salazar, his pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar, American writer John Clay Walker and dentistry student Alberto Radelat in 1985. He spent time in jail in Mexico before being released in 2013; a new arrest warrant was issued shortly after his release.[29]
Antwan Tamon Mims June 27, 2018 519 Antwan Tamon Mims, a convicted felon and known gang member, is wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder of two individuals on March 25, 2018, at a house party in Benton Harbor, Michigan.[30] He was captured on July 31, 2018, in Georgia.[31]

See also[edit]


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  15. ^ "Flores' FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Alert". FBI. Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  16. ^ "AMW Fugitive Data File for Alexis Flores". Archived from the original on 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  17. ^ "Brown's FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Alert". FBI. Archived from the original on 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
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  19. ^ The Nation April 4, 2013 1:00 am (2013-04-04). "Tarit: Thailand is region's No 1 terror target – The Nation". Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
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  22. ^ "Alleged Hit man Changes Appearance, FBI Says". WIBW-TV. October 21, 2009. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Yaser Abdel Said Wanted for Alleged Murder of His Two Daughters Amina and Sarah in Irving, Texas | Fugitive Watch". Fugitive Watch. 16 April 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2017. 
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  26. ^ Bui, Lynh (April 18, 2017). "Latest on FBI's most wanted list: Man accused of killing wife in Md. doughnut shop". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
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  30. ^ "ANTWAN TAMON MIMS". FBI. Retrieved 22 July 2018. 
  31. ^ "Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Antwan Mims Captured". Federal Bureau of Investigation. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2018-08-01. 

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