List of FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the agency that is responsible for maintaining the list of most wanted Fugitives. This practice by FBI begun after a discussion held between William Kinsey Hutchinson, editor-in-chief at International News Service and J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI in 1949. In the conversation, both discussed the ways to promote the capture of the “Fugitives”. The discussion resulted in a published article. The article received so much appreciation from the public that on March 14, 1950, the FBI officially declared the list to empower the ability of law enforcement to capture dangerous fugitives.
Since then FBI keeps on listing the name of the most wanted Fugitives. A criminal is usually removed from the list only when he/she is arrested, dies, or if the charges against him/her are withdrawn. The list is then populated with a new entry selected by the FBI. In ten such cases, the FBI removed the name of the individuals from the list after deciding that they are no more a threat to society. Added to the list in 1984, Victor Manuel Gerena (Machetero Member) was on the list for 32 years which is longer than anyone else to date. The shortest time on the list was spent by Billie Austin Bryant in 1969, being on the list for only two hours. Similarly, the oldest person to be added to the list was Eugene Palmer.
He was added on May 29, 2019, and was 80 years old. While the most wanted list comprises of 10 extremely dangerous fugitives, in rare occasions, the FBI adds “Number Eleven” if there is an individual who is highly dangerous. However, the Bureau does not intend that the current ten should be removed. Even after several media references, the FBI didn’t rank their list. According to them, no suspect is considered #1 on the Most Wanted list of FBI.
Generally, the Most Wanted List is posted in public places like post offices. This practice has worked for FBI numerous times as some fugitives on the list have surrendered on getting to know about their listing; Leslie Isben Rogge was the first person on the FBI Ten Most Wanted list who was apprehended due to the internet. The FBI is also known for maintaining other lists of individuals such as Most Wanted terrorists, missing persons, and other fugitive lists.
The list included a total of 500 fugitives on June 17, 2013. At present (February 2020), the number has increased to 523, including 10 women on the list. 488 of them were captured, out of which 162 were caught with the help of the public.
How Names of the Fugitive Added?
56 Field Offices are called by the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) at FBI Headquarters to submit candidates for the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list. Then the names received are reviewed by CID’s special agent and the office of Public Affairs. After that, the list of the “proposed” candidate(s) is forwarded to the Assistant Director of CID for the approval. Sometimes, the process takes some time and that is the reason James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger Jr., who was captured in Santa Monica, California, was on the list even after not being at large. The same was the case with 19/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Even a year after his shootout by US forces on May 2, 2011, his name remained on the list for almost a year.
If you are looking for the list of most wanted fugitives in the present and past years, below you can find the name of such criminals.
List of Most Wanted Fugitives (As of February 2020)
- Robert William Fisher
- Added on: June 29, 2020
- Sequence Number: 475
Robert William Fisher is wanted for the murder of his wife Mary and their two children, Robert Jr. and Brittney, and blowing up the Scottsdale, Arizona, house where they were living. According to investigators, Fisher committed the crime because he had a fear of being divorced by his wife. He is also believed to be the one who planted the natural gas explosion.
- Alexis Flores
- Added on: June 2, 2007
- Sequence Number: 487
Alexis Flores is wanted for kidnapping, raping and murdering a 5 years old Iriana DeJesus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in July 2000. In 2005, Flores was deported to his native Honduras after he had served a prison term for forgery in Arizona. He was added to the most wanted list after deportation when his DNA was matched to the crime.
- Jason Derek Brown
- Added on: December 8, 2007
- Sequence Number: 489
Jason Derek Brown is wanted for murder and armed robbery he committed in Phoenix, Arizona. According to authorities, he shot and killed an armored car guard outside a movie theatre and fled with $56000 in a bag on a bicycle. A reward of up to $200,000 is put on him by the FBI for information that can help them capture him. Also, authorities believe that he may have left the country and possibly be hiding in France or Thailand.
- Yaser Abdel Said
- Added on: December 4, 2014
- Sequence Number: 504
Yaser Abdel Said is another fugitive on the “FBI ten most wanted fugitive list”. This Egyptian resident of the United States is wanted for the double murder of his teenage daughters in Irving, Texas on January 1, 2008. Said is said to be very controlling over his family. He felt that his daughters Sarah and Amina didn’t respect the family customs and refused to follow traditional standards of Islamic cultural behavior. He got his daughters into his taxi cab by luring them for an outing and fatally shot them in the cab. Said ran from the police custody and is wanted for this heinous crime.
- Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel
- Added on: April 18, 2017
- Sequence Number: 514
Bhadreshkumar Chetnabhai Patel is wanted for stabbing and killing his wife on April 12, 2015, in a doughnut shop in Hanover, Maryland. Last time, he was seen taking a shuttle to Pennsylvania Station in Newark. Authorities believe that he has connections to India, Illinois, Canada, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Georgia.
- Santiago Villalba Mederos
- Added on: September 25, 2017
- Sequence Number: 515
Santiago Villalba Mederos is a member of the violent Eastside Lokotes Sureños gang. He is wanted in connection with two different shootings in Tacoma, Washington, which resulted in the death of a woman and seriously wounding her brother, and the murder of a young man a month later. Mederos was a teenager when he committed these crimes.
- Alejandro Castillo
- Added on: October 24, 2017
- Sequence Number: 516
Alejandro Castillo is in the most wanted listed due to his connection with the murder of a 23-year-old woman, Truc Quan “Sandy” Ly Le in 2016. It is believed that he had previously dated the girl. The two came to know each other while they were working together in a Charlotte restaurant.
- Rafael Caro Quintero
- Added on: April 12, 2018
- Sequence Number: 518
Rafael Caro Quintero was a former Mexican cartel leader. He is wanted for his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique Camarena Salazar, his pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar, dentistry student Alberto Radelat, and American writer John Clay Walker in 1985. Quintero spent 28 years in jail in Mexico before getting released in 2013. Shortly after his release, a new arrest warrant was issued against him.
- Arnoldo Jimenez
- Added on: May 8, 2019
- Sequence Number: 522
Arnoldo Jimenez is in the most wanted list for the murder of his wife on May 12, 2012. Jimenez is believed to have stabbed his wife, Estrella Carrera, to death a few hours after their wedding. His wife’s body was found in a bathtub at her apartment in Burbank, Illinois. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information that can help in capturing him.
- Eugene Palmer
- Added on: May 29, 2019
- Sequence Number: 523
Eugene Palmer was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on May 29, 2019. He is wanted for shooting and killing his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer, on September 24, 2012, in Stony Point, New York. Palmer is the most recent fugitive to be added to the most wanted list. A reward of $100,000 is being offered by the FBI to information that can help capture him.
US Marshals Most Wanted Fugitives list (As of January 29, 2020)
The following list is based on the Most Wanted List as of January 29, 2020. U.S. Marshals continue to keep the name of the dead or captured fugitives in the “15 Most Wanted” list until they are replaced. Each fugitives mentioned below are considered armed and dangerous.
- David Bonness
David Bonness is wanted out of Pennington County, South Dakota for raping his stepdaughter, starting at the age of 12 and continuing up until she turned 17. When asked for the DNA samples, Bonness walked away. On July 25, 2016, he was added to the US Marshal’s most wanted list.
- Anthony Seth Burroughs
Anthony Seth Burroughs is wanted in connection with a murder of a 19-year-old man in Tucson, Arizona in 2000. He is believed to have fled the US and might be hiding in the Philippines.
- Larry Porter Chism
Larry Porter Chism is in the most wanted list of US Marshals in connection with a prison escape in Tennessee in 1978. Chism has been on the list of US Marshals’ most wanted list since 1988.
- David Benjamin Creamer
David Benjamin Creamer is wanted in connection with the distribution of child pornography in Arizona. He has been on the list since 2000.
- Lester Eubanks
Lester Eubanks was convicted for murder and attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl in Ohio in 1965. On December 7, 1973, Eubanks walked away from a Christmas shopping trip. On December 7, 2018, he was added to the most wanted list, 45 years after his disappearance.
- Leroy Headley
Leroy Headley was wanted for the murder of his long time partner in South Burlington, Vermont on May 8, 2018. The victim was found having a gunshot wound to the back of his head. On February 4, 2020, he was captured in Jamaica.
- Daniel Hiers
Daniel Hiers was added to the US Marshal list after he was convicted for the sexual assault of a girl in Goose Creek, South Carolina. On the day he was supposed to turn himself in, he purportedly murdered his wife and ran away from the scene.
- Robert Lee King
Robert Lee King allegedly murdered his girlfriend and also attempted murder of her daughter in Memphis on December 1, 2005. And thus, he is listed as one of the most wanted fugitives by US Marshals.
- Frederick McLean
Frederick McLean is wanted for sexual molestation of several girls he met while he was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses for around 25 years. There have been rumors over the years that he fled the country and was seen on numerous occasions in Mexico and Canada – working on automobiles. Also, there were reports that he was hiding out in different small towns in the US working as a mechanic while being protected by local Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- John Ruffo
John Ruffo and an assistant plotted a scheme using which they defrauded banks of $350 million. Ruffo is wanted for failing to surrender to authorities for a 17 years prison sentence.
- Jacob Blair Scott (CAPTURED)
Jacob Blair Scott is wanted for raping his step-daughter. In order to avoid prosecution, he faked his death. Before disappearing, he took out $45,000 which was never recovered. The day he was added to the list i.e. On January 29, 2020, Scott was captured in Oklahoma.
FBI 10 Most Wanted Fugitives (2010)
In the past, the FBI has identified individuals by the sequence number with which each individual has been added to the list. As some individuals have even appeared twice in the list, generally a sequence number was permanently given to an individual suspect who was soon caught, captured, or simply deleted, even before his or her appearance could be published on the released list. In such a case, the public would only see the gaps in the number sequence provided by the FBI. To make it convenient for the readers, the sequence number and date of entry of wanted suspect on the FBI list is also provided below.
The following fugitives made up the top Ten list to begin the 2010s:
- Víctor Manuel Gerena
Victor Manuel Gerena is wanted in connection with an armed robbery of approximately $7 million from a security company in Connecticut in 1983. On December 15, 2016, Gerena was removed from the list, after spending 32 years, 7 months, and a day on the list, a record to date.
- Glen Stewart Godwin
Glen Stewart Godwin escaped from Folsom State Prison in California in 1987, where Godwin was serving a long term sentence for murder. He was apprehended in Mexico and before escaping from the Mexican prison, Godwin murdered a fellow prison inmate in September 1991. In May 2016, Godwin was removed from the list in May 2016 as FBI officials believed that publicity would not help in capturing him.
- Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden was the notorious leader of Al-Qaeda and was wanted in connection with the bombings of the United States embassies on August 7, 1998, Dar es Salaam, Kenya, Nairobi, Tanzania, and the September 2011 Attacks. Moreover, Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda are believed to be responsible for the attack on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen on October 12, 2000. On May 2, 2011, Laden was killed during a covert mission “Operation Neptune Spear” in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
- James J. Bulger
James J. Bulger is wanted for his involvement in 18 murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in association with his leadership of an organized crime group that purportedly controlled drug deals, extortion, and numerous other illegal activities in the Massachusetts, Boston area. Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, California on June 22, 2011.
- Robert William Fisher
Robert William Fisher is wanted for the murder of his wife and their 2 children in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 10, 2001. The crime was committed by Fisher on feeling threatened by his wife for a divorce.
- Alexis Flores
Alexis Flores was also most wanted in 2010 for kidnapping and killing a five-year-old girl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Jason Derek Brown
Jason Derek Brown purportedly killed an armored car guard in Phoenix, Arizona during a bank robbery.
- Joe Luis Saenz
Joe Luis Sanez was wanted for multiple murders, including three in 1998 and one in 2008. On November 22, 2012, Saenz was arrested in Guadalajara, Mexico.
- Eduardo Ravelo
Eduardo Ravelo was a leader of the Barrio Azteca gang in Mexico. He was wanted for several crimes involving drugs and murder. On June 26, 2018, Ravelo was captured in Mexico.
- Semion Mogilevich
Semion Mogilevich is believed to be an organized crime leader. He was wanted for running a financial scam in Pennsylvania. On December 17, 2015, Mogilevich was removed from the list because he is alleged to be living freely and openly in Russia, and the US does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.
FBI 10 Most Wanted Fugitives to begin the 2000s
It is said that the FBI is actively searching for over 12000 fugitives at any given time, during the 2000s, there were a total of 36 new fugitives added to the list. And, by the end of the decade, a total of 494 fugitives had been listed in the top ten list of most wanted Fugitives. Out of them, 463 have been captured or located.
- Donald Eugene Webb
- Entry Date: 375
- Sequence Number: 1981
On 31st March 2007, Donald Eugene Webb was removed from the list. The remains found at the Dartmouth home of Webb’s wife on July 14, 2017, were identified as belonging to Webb. According to investigators, Webb had died in 1999.
- Victor Manuel Gerena
- Entry Date: 1984
- Sequence Number: 386
Victor Manuel Gerena is wanted in connection with the armed robbery of approximately $7 million from a security company in Connecticut 1983. On December 15, 2016, Gerena was removed from the list.
- Arthur Lee Washington Jr.
- Entry Date: 1989
- Sequence Number: 427
Arthur Lee Washington Jr. was removed from the list in December 2000 as he didn’t meet the list criteria. Thus he was de-listed from the most wanted fugitives list of 2000.
- Agustín Vásquez Mendoza
- Entry Date: 1996
- Sequence Number: 445
Agustin Vásquez Mendoza was in the most wanted fugitives list because he murdered an undercover DEA special agent in Glendale, Arizona on June 30, 1994. The agent was murdered during an undercover drug transaction, attempted armed robbery, kidnapping, and assault in a drug conspiracy. On July 9, 2000, Mendoza was arrested in Mexico.
- Glen Stewart Godwin
- Entry Date: 1996
- Sequence Number: 447
Glen Stewart Godwin is wanted for his 1987 escape from Folsom State Prison in California, where he was serving a long term sentence for the murder charge. In September 1991, Godwin escaped from a Mexican prison after murdering a prison inmate in April 1991. Since May 19, 2016, Godwin was no longer on the list.
- Ramon Eduardo Arellano-Felix
- Entry Date: 1997
- Sequence Number: 451
Ramon Eduardo Arellano-Felix was wanted in ordering a hit that led to the mass murder of 19 people in Ensenada on September 17, 1998. Ramon was also charged in a sealed indictment in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, charges being Importing Marijuana and Cocaine in drug trafficking. On February 10, 2002, Ramon was killed in a gun battle with police at Mazatlán.
- Eric Robert Rudolph
- Entry Date: 1998
- Sequence Number: 454
Eric Robert Rudolph was in the most wanted fugitives list for his role in a series of southeastern U.S. bombings, including a bombing murder at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta on July 27, 1996. On 31, 2003, Rudolph was arrested in Murphy, North Carolina.
- James Charles Kopp
- Entry Date: 1999
- Sequence Number: 455
James Charles Kopp was wanted for murdering Dr. Barnett Slepian on October 23, 1998, at his home in Amherst, New York. He was also wanted for non-fatal shootings of three doctors in Canada in 1994, 1995 and 1997. On March 30, 2001, Kopp was arrested in Dinan, Brittany, France, and is currently in the U.S custody.
- Osama bin Laden
- Entry Date: 1999
- Sequence Number: 456
The leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden was wanted in connection with the bombings of the United States embassies on August 7, 1998, Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Kenya, and Nairobi. Bin Laden and al-Qaeda are also believed to be responsible for the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen. On May 2, 2011, Laden was killed during a secret Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
- James J. Bulger
- Entry Date: 1999
- Sequence Number: 458
James J. Bulger was wanted for his involvement in 18 murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in association with his organized crime group’s leadership that is believed to be in control of drug deals, extortion, and other illegal activities in the Boston, Massachusetts area. On June 22, Bulger was captured in Santa Monica, California.
So, these are the different fugitives for different decades that were listed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and United States Marshals (US Marshal).