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Wednesday
Mar272013

Newest Man on FBI's 10 Most Wanted List Captured

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo.) -- The most recent addition to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list has been taken into custody, according to authorities.

A press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department states that Denver FBI officials returned the fugitive, Edwin Ernesto Rivera-Gracias, to Colorado after he had fled to El Salvador.

Rivera-Gracias will face charges in the August 2011 murder of Richard Limon. Limon's body was found stabbed multiple times with duct tape covering his mouth and nose. Investigators believe Limon was already dead when his body was thrown from the side of a mountain road. A broken-off blade from a steak knife was found lodged in his chest.

According to an affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Russel Humphrey, Rivera-Gracias may have been upset because his girlfriend had told him that Limon molested her and sexually assaulted her mother.

Three other suspects were arrested in connection with the murder in August 2011: Raul Nunez-Soto, Tina Louise Moya and a 17-year-old juvenile female. Nunez-Soto and Moya each plead guilty, receiving sentences of 48 years in prison and 36 years in prison, respectively.

The FBI later launched an international manhunt to find Rivera-Gracias.  A federal judge issued a warrant for his arrest in 2011 for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

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Thursday
Mar142013

Colorado Fugitive Newest Addition to FBI's 'Ten Most Wanted' List

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A man with connections to a violent international gang and wanted for the brutal murder of a Denver man will be the latest to join the ranks of the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list, ABC News has learned.

The fugitive is 28-year-old Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, identified by three law enforcement sources who would not speak on the record ahead of an official announcement planned for Thursday morning.  Officials fear Rivera Gracias, who says he is from El Salvador, may have fled the United States.

Rivera Gracias is wanted for first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 63-year-old Denver resident Richard Limon.  On Aug. 17, 2011, a cyclist discovered Limon's half-naked body on Lookout Mountain in Jefferson County, Colo.  His mouth and nose were covered in duct tape, and investigators believe Limon was already dead when his body was thrown from the side of a mountain road, tumbling down a rocky slope through bushes and weeds.  A broken-off blade from a steak knife was found lodged in his chest.

According to an affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Russell Humphrey, Rivera Gracias "expressed his desire to kill" Limon to an acquaintance about a month before Limon died.

Rivera Gracias was angry because his girlfriend told him that Limon had molested her as a child and had twice sexually assaulted her mother, according to an unverified claim in the affidavit.

With the help of another man, the affidavit said, Rivera Gracias allegedly attacked Limon as he was lying on a couch, wrapping duct tape around his nose and mouth as the victim called for help.

"After wrapping the duct tape around [Limon]'s head, [Rivera Gracias] began beating him about his face and head with his right fist.  Between 10 and 15 minutes elapsed without [Limon] dying," the affidavit stated.

Rivera Gracias, the affidavit added, left and soon returned armed with a six-inch-long knife that he allegedly used to "rapidly" stab Limon five or six times.

"The final stab wound was to [Limon's] heart and resulted in the knife blade breaking off within his body," Agent Humphrey wrote in the affidavit.

After Limon stopped breathing, Rivera Gracias and another man allegedly wrapped Limon in a blanket and put his body in the back of a pickup truck for the drive to Lookout Mountain, the affidavit said.

Three acquaintances of both Limon and Rivera Gracias were arrested on murder charges shortly after Limon's body was found, but Rivera Gracias has been on the run ever since.  Investigators believe he was using a cellphone that was traced to the Los Angeles area about two weeks after Limon was killed.

The FBI launched an international manhunt to find Rivera Gracias.  A federal judge issued a warrant for his arrest in 2011 for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Rivera Gracias claims to be a member of Mara Salvatrucha, a notorious street gang also known as MS-13 that began in Los Angeles and has roots in Central America.  Officials said he has "MS-13" tattooed across his back and "503" -- the country telephone code for El Salvador -- on the back of his left arm.

MS-13 now operates in at least 42 states and counts between 6,000 and 10,000 members nationwide, according to an FBI threat assessment.

Thursday is the 63rd anniversary of the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list.

Nearly 500 people -- all but eight of them men -- have been on the list since it began in 1950, according to the FBI.  The first fugitive to make the list was Thomas James Holden, accused of murdering his wife and her two brothers in Chicago.  He was captured in Beaverton, Ore., in 1951.

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Tuesday
Dec182012

Most Wanted Deadbeat Dad Arrested in LA

Dept of Health & Human Services(LOS ANGELES) -- The man known as the Most Wanted Deadbeat Dad in the United States was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles after years on the lam in southeast Asia.

Robert Sand, originally from Nassau County, New York, rose through the ranks of the U.S. Inspector General’s Office’s “Most Wanted Deadbeat” list by failing to pay millions of dollars in mandatory child support payments, according to information from the office.

Sand owes more than $1.2 million in child support for his three children from two marriages, according to the office. He was first ordered to pay child support in 1996.

Warrants for Sand’s arrest were issued in 2000, 2002, and 2010, after he failed to pay the money, but Sand eluded federal officials for years until this week, according to authorities.

After moving from New York to Florida, and then to Thailand, Sand was finally arrested by authorities at Los Angeles International Airport after a flight from the Philippines. He had previously been arrested for using a fake British passport in Thailand.

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Wednesday
Nov142012

American Rapping Jihadi Added to FBI’s Most Wanted

FBI(WASHINGTON) -- An Alabama-born rapping jihadi fighting half a world away is among the new entries on the FBI’s infamous Most Wanted List, the bureau announced Wednesday.

Omar Hammami, also known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki, has been fighting with the Somalia-based terror group al-Shabaab since 2006. Hammami has allegedly been a propagandist for the al Qaeda-linked group and has released several rap songs praising jihad against the West.

Hammami was originally indicted in the U.S. on terrorism-related charges in 2007 and faced additional charges in a superseding indictment in 2009.

Douglas Astralaga, the Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI in Mobile, Ala., told ABC News he couldn’t comment on exactly why Hammami was being added to the list now, but said there is an ongoing investigation into Hammami’s alleged terrorist activities and, after a lengthy review, information against him “met the criteria” for being added to the list.

Earlier this year Hammami said he feared for his life, but it wasn’t the American government he was worried about. In a video posted online, Hammami said he suspected his fellow militants might turn their guns on him due to ideological “differences.”

He has apparently survived that tiff, but his terror group has been on the losing end of several recent battles in Somalia. In September, al-Shabaab was pushed out of its last urban stronghold in Kismayo by African troops.

In a recent autobiography written by Hammami and posted online, he describes a daily fear of drone strikes and jokes that the drones are “racist” – they prefer to target white people in Somalia.

He may have reason to worry. In late September 2011, a high-profile al Qeada recruiter, Anwar al-Awlaki, and an al Qaeda propagandist, Samir Khan, were killed in a CIA drone strike. Both were American citizens.

In addition to Hammami, the FBI added Raddulan Sahiron, a suspected leader of the Filipino terror group Abu Sayyaf, to the list. The bureau said it is also seeking information about Shayk Aminullah, an alleged recruiter for al Qaeda and the Pakistani-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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Monday
Jun042012

No One Wants Body of Adam Mayes, the FBI's Former Most Wanted

ABC News(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- The Mississippi state crime lab is trying to figure out what to do with the body of Adam Mayes, the man who allegedly murdered a mother and daughter and kidnapped the woman's two other daughters before shooting himself.

The lab has had Mayes' body since mid-May, and doesn't know what to do with it.  Mayes' family won't accept his body.  If no one takes the body after six months, it has to be returned to Union County, where he died.

According to Mississippi state law, if there are any living relatives, it is the family's responsibility to take care of the body.  But Mayes' wife and mother are behind bars in connection to the two murders and kidnappings.  Mayes' brother refuses to accept the body.

Police believe Mayes killed Jo Ann Bain and her daughter, Adrienne Bain, 14, in their home in Whiteville, Tenn., on April 27, and then fled with Bain's two other daughters, Alexandra, 12, and her sister Kyliyah, 8.

The two girls were rescued after a nearly two-week ordeal.  On May 10, Mississippi state highway troopers spotted a small blonde child peeking over a ridge, police said, which led to the girls' rescue.

Moments later, Mayes shot himself as he knelt in the grass next to the children, in what his mother-in-law called the "coward's way out."

Mayes is suspected of killing the girls' sister and mother in order to kidnap the younger girls, whom he thought were his children, relatives have said.  The girls had been living with Jo Ann and her husband, Gary Bain, and the family was planning to move to Arizona at the end of the school year.

When Adam Mayes went on the run with the girls, he was put on the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted List.

His wife Teresa Mayes is charged with murder and especially aggravated kidnapping for her role in assisting Mayes.  She is being held in a Tennessee jail.

During the investigation, police also arrested Mayes' mother, Mary Mayes, in connection with the murder and kidnapping.

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Wednesday
May092012

Tennessee Kidnap Suspect Added to FBI's Most Wanted List

Adam Mayes, left, is shown with Adrienne, center, and Alexandria Bain. (Facebook)(WASHINGTON) -- The man suspected of kidnapping a woman and her three daughters -- and then killing two of them -- has been rushed to the top of the FBI's list of its Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives.

Adam Mayes is believed to be armed and on the run from authorities with two of the girls he allegedly kidnapped on April 27.

Mayes, 35, and his wife, Teresa, 31, are both charged with first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping.

He takes the place on the FBI's infamous wanted list of Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger who was captured last year.

Mayes is charged with kidnapping JoAnn Bain and her three daughters, who were family friends from Tennessee, before taking them to his home in Mississippi where he allegedly killed JoAnn and the eldest daughter, 14-year-old Adrienne.

The bodies of the mother and daughter were found earlier this week in the backyard of the home Mayes shares with his wife, Teresa, and his mother and father.

Police believe the two youngest daughters, Alexandra Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, are still in Mayes' custody and may be in extreme danger. The FBI has warned that Mayes may have changed his appearance and the appearances of the two girls since they were last seen.

Police arrested Teresa Mayes and Mary Mayes, Adam's mother, on Tuesday in connection with the kidnapping. According to the arrest warrants, Teresa Mayes helped bring the four captives from Tennessee to Mississippi on April 27, and Mayes' wife and mother watched Adam Mayes dig holes in the backyard, where the bodies were later found by police.

Mary Mayes is charged with conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping, while Teresa is charged with committing especially aggravated kidnapping.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to Adam Mayes' whereabouts and arrest, and the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the location of the missing victims and the arrest of Mayes.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

'Most Wanted Terrorist' Spotted in Massachusetts?

Artist rendering of possible looks for San Diego, plus tatoos he is purported to have on his front and back torso. FBI. (NORTHAMPTON, Mass.) -- One of the FBI's most wanted terrorists, Daniel Andreas San Diego, may have been seen in Northampton, Mass., and the FBI is asking for the public's help in capturing him.

The 33-year-old San Diego is an alleged animal rights extremist and is wanted in connection with two domestic bombing incidents that occurred in 2003.

In August 2003 two homemade bombs exploded one hour apart at Chiron Corporation, a biotechnology company based in Emeryville, Calif. FBI officials believe the second bomb was timed to explode just as emergency personnel were on site investigating the first explosion. No one was hurt in either blast.

Less than a month later, a bomb containing nails exploded at Shaklee Corporation – which makes nutritional supplements and eco-friendly shampoos and lotions - in Pleasanton, Calif.

FBI officials believe San Diego targeted those companies because of their ties to Huntingdon Life Company, a company that does laboratory testing on animals. At the time, a group called SHAC, or Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, had demanded businesses stop all dealings with Huntingdon and threatened violence if their demands were not met.

According to the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, Richard DesLauriers, the FBI is now searching for San Diego in western Massachusetts because a recent tip that came in to the FBI's San Francisco office after an airing of an episode of America's Most Wanted was determined to be "substantive and credible."

DesLauriers would not characterize the nature of the tip or when it came in but said anyone who "knows Mr. San Diego as a neighbor or a co-worker" should alert authorities. All tips will be kept confidential, said DesLauriers.

In 2004, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against San Diego on charges of malicious damage and destruction of property by means of explosives; and "possession of a destructive device during, in relation to, and in furtherance of a crime of violence."

In 2009, San Diego had the dubious distinction of being the first domestic terrorist to be placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list, a list that, at the time, also had Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri on it. There is a $250,000 reward out for information leading to his arrest.

According to DesLauriers, San Diego has several distinguishing characteristics that may make it easier for the public to spot him. Daniel Andreas San Diego, who also goes by his middle name, Andreas, is a vegan who follows a strict diet that shuns meat and anything that contains animal products.

San Diego also has some distinguishing tattoos on his body -- a round image of burning hillsides in the center of his chest with the words, "It only takes a spark," printed in a semicircle below; burning and collapsing buildings on the sides of his abdomen and back; and a single leafless tree rising from a road in the center of his lower back.

Because of the tattoos, said DesLauriers, San Diego may be "reluctant to remove his shirt, even if it seems warranted."

In his eight years on the run, San Diego may have had the tattoos altered or covered up.

San Diego is six feet tall with brown hair and brown eyes. He has "training in computer networking" according to the FBI, and has been known to cook and make Asian foods.

Because of his many years on the run, said DesLauriers, San Diego may be excessively secretive and vague about details of his life. He may also use prepaid cellphone cards and other means of hiding his identity.

San Diego is considered armed and dangerous, particularly so because of his alleged history of making homemade bombs.

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Tuesday
Jun282011

Whitey Bulger Back in Court for Ruling on His Defense

FBIUPDATE: The decision on whether taxpayers should pay for Whitey Bulger's defense was postponed Tuesday. Prosecutors dismissed one of the two indictments against Bulger so they can focus on what they believe is the stronger indictment that could put Bulger away for life.

(BOSTON) -- James "Whitey" Bulger, a suspected organized crime boss charged in connection with 19 murders, returns to a Boston courtroom Tuesday where a judge is expected to rule whether taxpayers have to pay for his defense.

Bulger, 81, asked for court-appointed counsel -- something prosecutors reject -- pointing out that he "financed a relatively comfortable lifestyle for himself and his [60-year-old] girlfriend," Catherine Greig, in Santa Monica, California in the years before his arrest.

Court records say Bulger bragged to the FBI that he visited Las Vegas "on numerous occasions" to play the slots, claiming he won more than he lost.  Associates have also said that Bulger has been hiding money for years.

Regardless of whether any of this is true, prosecutors argue that it doesn't matter.  They say Bulger has "every incentive to lie and stick taxpayers with the bill for his defense."

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Friday
Jun242011

Suspected Crime Boss James 'Whitey' Bulger Expected in Boston

FBI(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- Suspected organized crime boss James J. "Whitey" Bulger and his companion, Catherine Greig, are expected to arrive in Massachusetts Friday after an FBI-led ruse resulted in their arrest in California, where officials say they found cash stuffed in his apartment walls and guns stored in hollowed-out books.

Bulger, 81, and Greig, 60, were arrested Wednesday night after the FBI received a tip from a publicity campaign they'd launched targeting Greig.  They appeared in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles Thursday.

"They were ordered to Massachusetts and so we're expecting them hopefully later today," U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said.  "The logistics of their transportation is in the process.  They'll appear in the federal courthouse in Boston and they'll have an initial appearance and they will also have an arraignment on the charges they'll be facing."

The FBI lured the reported one-time leader of the Winter Hill Gang out of his nondescript California apartment near the Santa Monica pier by telling him that someone might have broken into his storage locker.  Once they nabbed the man allegedly connected to at least 19 murders, they found $800,000 in cash in his apartment and 30 weapons.

Some of the cash was stuffed in walls and some of the guns were found in hollowed-out books, officials said.  There was also a packed bag to make for an easy getaway.

FBI officials have yet to release details about who gave police the credible tip and won't say whether the person will receive the $2.1 million reward offered for the capture of the couple.

Bulger and his girlfriend have been on the run since the mid-1990s.  Law enforcement officials told ABC News that it didn't surprise them that Bulger was hiding in plain sight.

"Sometimes it's very simple to deceive when you make yourself to be a very average looking, average couple together and you just kind of sort of blend in with the community and I think they were able to do that, especially as a couple and so it was very difficult," U.S. Attorney Ortiz said.

Bulger and Greig had been living under the false names Charles and Carol Gasko, officials said, and appeared to have lived in the Santa Monica home for some time.

Neighbors said Bulger never left the house without a hat and sunglasses.  He fed squirrels outside his apartment and went for walks on the beach twice a day, at sunrise and sunset.

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Thursday
Jun232011

Alleged Crime Boss James 'Whitey' Bulger Arrested in California

FBI(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- Notorious alleged crime boss James J. "Whitey" Bulger, who inspired the Jack Nicholson character in the Oscar-winning film The Departed, was arrested Wednesday in California, according to the FBI.

Bulger, who has been on the run for over a decade, was arrested without incident along with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig.  Recent publicity produced a tip that led agents to Santa Monica, where they located the couple at a residence, according to FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauries.

The FBI had been conducting a surveillance operation in the area where the couple was arrested.  Santa Monica Police were later notified about the arrest, according to police Sgt. Rudy Flores.

Bulger has already been removed from the FBI "Ten Most Wanted" list on the bureau's website.

Both Bulger and Greig are currently scheduled for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, according to DesLauries.

According to the FBI's website, Bulger was being sought in connection with murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leadership in organized crime.  Some of the crimes listed in connection with Bulger include conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit extortion and narcotics distribution, among others.

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