The FBI has announced an increased reward of up to $250,000 for individuals who provide information leading to the arrest of a Ten Most Wanted Fugitive.
Here’s The Scoop
This amount is higher than the previous reward of $100,000. The FBI emphasizes the dangerous nature of these fugitives, highlighting their extensive criminal history.
In 1950, the FBI began publishing the Most Wanted list. The first person on the list was Thomas Holden, who was wanted for the murder of his wife, her brother, and her stepbrother. Holden was arrested in 1961 in Oregon after the FBI received a tip.
Since then, the FBI has successfully captured or located 494 fugitives on the Most Wanted list. Public tips played a crucial role in the capture of 163 of these fugitives.
The most recent addition to the Most Wanted list is Donald Eugene Fields II, the 531st fugitive.
Fields is wanted for alleged sex trafficking of at least one child in Missouri between approximately 2013 and 2017. Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division acknowledges the importance of public assistance in tracking fugitives.
Quesada stated, “Raising the rewards for the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives will ideally garner additional public tips resulting in the capture of these dangerous criminals.”
The FBI encourages individuals with information about a Ten Most Wanted Fugitive to contact them. They can call 1-800-CALL-FBI, submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov, or contact their local FBI office.
Individuals outside the United States can reach out to their nearest American Embassy or Consulate for assistance.
The collaboration between the FBI and the public is crucial in ensuring the capture of these notorious criminals and maintaining community safety.
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