FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, 2000s
The FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives during the 2000s is a list, maintained for a sixth decade, of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. At any given time, the FBI is actively searching for 12,000 fugitives. During the 2000s, 36 new fugitives were added to the list. By the close of the decade a total of 494 fugitives have been listed on the Top Ten list, of which 463 of those fugitives have been captured or located.
FBI headlines in the 2000s
The 2000s (decade) started out badly for the FBI's much needed attempts to upgrade technology. First, the "Trilogy" project went far over the $380 million budget, and behind its three-year schedule. Then, Virtual Case File (VCF) planned for completion in 2003, was officially abandoned in 2005, after more than $100 million spent. A new, more ambitious investigation software project, Sentinel, was introduced in 2005 as a replacement for the failed VCF system.
The 9/11 Commission in 2004 blamed the FBI in part for not pursuing intelligence reports which could have prevented the September 11, 2001 attacks. In consequence, the Bureau came under oversight by the new Director of National Intelligence.
FBI 10 Most Wanted Fugitives to begin the 2000s
The FBI in the past has identified individuals by the sequence number in which each individual has appeared on the list. Some individuals have even appeared twice, and often a sequence number was permanently assigned to an individual suspect who was soon caught, captured, or simply removed, before his or her appearance could be published on the publicly released list. In those cases, the public would see only gaps in the number sequence reported by the FBI. For convenient reference, the wanted suspect's sequence number and date of entry on the FBI list appear below, whenever possible.
The following fugitives made up the top Ten list to begin the 2000s:
|Name||Sequence Number||Date of Entry||Notes|
|Donald Eugene Webb||#375||1981||• Removed from the list on March 31, 2007, without ever being located.|
|Victor Manuel Gerena||#386||1984|| • Still at large.
• Is wanted in connection with the 1983 armed robbery of approximately $7 million from a security company in Connecticut.
|Arthur Lee Washington Jr.||#427||1987||• Removed from the list in December 2000 for no longer meeting the list criteria.|
|Agustín Vásquez Mendoza||#445||1996|| • Captured
• Vásquez was wanted in the murder of an undercover DEA special agent in Glendale, Arizona on June 30, 1994, during an undercover drug transaction, kidnapping, attempted armed robbery and assault in a drug conspiracy.
• He was arrested in Mexico July 9, 2000.
|Glen Stewart Godwin||#447||1996|| • Still at large.
• Godwin is being sought for his 1987 escape from Folsom State Prison in California, where he was serving a lengthy sentence for murder. Later he escaped from Mexican prison September 1991 after murdering a prison inmate in April 1991.
|Ramon Eduardo Arellano-Felix||#451||1997|| • Killed
• He was wanted in ordering a hit which resulted in the mass murder of 19 people in Ensenada September 17, 1998; charged in a sealed indictment in United States District Court for the Southern District of California, with Conspiracy to Import Cocaine and Marijuana in drug trafficking; one of the leaders of the Arellano-Felix Organization (AFO), which is also known as the Tijuana Cartel.
• He was killed in a gun battle with police at Mazatlán February 10, 2002.
|Eric Robert Rudolph||#454||1998|| • Captured
• Rudolph was wanted in a series of southeastern U.S. bombings, including a bombing murder at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta on July 27, 1996.
• Rudolph was arrested in Murphy, North Carolina on May 31, 2003.
|James Charles Kopp||#455||1999|| • Captured
• He was wanted for the murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian at his home in Amherst, New York, October 23, 1998 and for non-fatal shootings of three doctors in Canada in 1994, 1995 and 1997.
• Kopp was arrested in Dinan, Brittany, France, March 30, 2001 and is in U.S custody.
|Usama bin Laden||#456||1999|| • Killed
• Osama bin Laden was the leader of al-Qaeda and was wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States embassies, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. Bin Laden and al-Qaeda is alleged to be responsible for the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen.
• Osama bin Laden was killed during Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011.
|James J. Bulger||#458||1999|| • Captured
• Bulger was wanted for his role in 18 murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leadership of an organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals, and other illegal activities in the Boston, Massachusetts area.
• He was arrested June 22, 2011, in Santa Monica, California.
FBI Most Wanted Fugitives added during the 2000s
The list of the most wanted fugitives listed during the 2000s fluctuated throughout the decade. As before, spots on the list were occupied by fugitives who had been listed in prior years, and still remained at large. The list includes (in FBI list appearance sequence order):
|Name||Sequence Number||Date of Entry||Time Listed|
|Jesse James Caston||#459||August 19, 2000||Four months|
|Jesse James Caston was wanted for the shooting death of two distant relatives, a father and son, on a Mississippi River levee. A federal arrest warrant was issued in United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, on April 14, 2000 and charged him with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. Caston hitchhiked a ride in a blue van and was last seen at a truck stop in Longview, Texas, on April 13, 2000. He was then wanted for kidnapping and forcing a man to drive them both to Marshall, Texas, where the vehicle broke down on April 13, 2000. A state warrant was issued on April 12, 2000, in the Parish of East Carroll, Louisiana with charges of two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder; attempted murder and ambush of two police officers in Lake Providence, Louisiana – wounding one by three shotgun blasts. Caston was wanted for murder of his wife and her female friend Sharon McIntyre, in their homes April 10, 2000.
Caston was featured on the America's Most Wanted television program on August 19, 2000. He was spotted at a gas station at the corner of Brookhurst and Hazard in Westminster, California driving a 1980s model pickup truck that was pulling a cement pumper in July, 2000. He surrendered to authorities after a standoff at Lake Providence, Louisiana December 20, 2000.
|Eric Franklin Rosser||#460||December 27, 2000||Eight months|
|Eric Franklin Rosser was wanted for his involvement in a number of child pornography offenses, including a videotape, that he recorded in Thailand, and was distributed to a Bloomington, Indiana resident. He was arrested at a business in Bangkok, Thailand on August 21, 2001 for child pornography.|
|Aurlieas Dame McClarty||#461||February 5, 2001||Nine days|
|Aurlieas Dame McClarty was wanted for bank robbery of the Citizens National Bank in Laurel, Maryland on October 4, 2000. He was wanted on local charges for double homicide, both victims shot in the head, of two employees of a truck rental dealership in Orlando, Florida on July 18, 2000 during an armed robbery which netted only $200. McClarty was also wanted by Indiana state authorities for criminal deception and by the United States Secret Service, in Orlando, Florida for counterfeiting. He was captured without incident at a residence in Irmo, South Carolina on February 14, 2001. He was located one day before the February 15, 2001 formal announcement placing him on the Top Ten list, effective as of February 5, 2001.|
|Hopeton Eric Brown||#462||March 17, 2001||Three years|
|Hopeton Eric Brown was wanted for murder and attempted murder at an apartment in Saint Paul, Minnesota on March 21, 1997, where he and drug associates severely beat and shot a man to death in a drug dispute, and then shot the victim's female friend several times, including once in the head. He was indicted March 25, 1999 along with Mosiah Omar Wright by a Federal grand jury in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, at Minneapolis, Minnesota for the drug related crimes. Additionally, he was arrested in London, England in June 2000, for possession of crack cocaine, using the alias name Simon Plested, and was later released; believed by Jamaican authorities to have been in a gang of four other armed men who shot and killed a man and shot and wounded two other men in Barrett Town; was wanted for two murders in Jamaica in January 2001, the second having been killed while in his home, allegedly by a stray bullet fired by Brown; alleged to have killed one individual for leaning on his car January 14, 2001 in Montego Bay. On March 21, 2004, Brown was killed during a gunfight with Jamaican law enforcement authorities in Barrett Town, Montego Bay, Jamaica.|
|Maghfoor Mansoor||#463||May 25, 2001||Captured 12 days before official list publication|
|Maghfoor Mansoor was charged by the Las Vegas Justice Court December 15, 2000 with sexual assault with a deadly weapon and first degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon in a case centering around a 17-year-old female victim in Las Vegas, Nevada. He had been previously convicted of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department requested the assistance of the FBI and obtained an Unlawful Flight warrant January 2, 2001.
Mansoor headed east from Las Vegas and while a fugitive he assaulted a law enforcement officer and committed an armed carjacking in New Orleans, Louisiana which led to the death of a state highway worker whom he struck with the vehicle while fleeing. He then headed northeast from New Orleans and committed an armed carjacking, and numerous armed robberies/burglaries inside several casino/hotel rooms while in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to include holding a retired New Jersey State Trooper and his wife at gunpoint during a foiled room robbery attempt. Additionally he committed an armed robbery of a jewelry store located inside the Trump Taj Mahal. He fled Atlantic City by carjacking a cab at gunpoint, forced the cab driver to take him to New York City and then robbed him before exiting the cab.
On May 11, 2001 he was located in New York City and was fatally shot by a New York City Division HIDTA Fugitive Task Force member that same day in a gunfight inside the hotel lobby of the Hampshire Hotel on 4th Street in New York City.
|Francis William Murphy||#464||June 6, 2001||Captured 17 days before official list publication|
|Francis William Murphy was arrested without incident in the attic of the house in which he was hiding in Buffalo, New York. He was arrested before his addition to the Top Ten list was announced to the public.|
|Dwight Bowen||#465||August 30, 2001||Captured 8 days before official list publication|
|Dwight Bowen wanted for molotov cocktail firebombing murders of two toddlers in a North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home in early June, 2001. He was arrested in Richmond, Virginia on August 22, 2001.|
|Nikolay Soltys||#466||August 23, 2001||One week|
|North Highlands, California, home on August 20, 2001. He then drove to the home of his aunt and uncle where he killed the couple and his two young cousins. He then drove to his mother's house and picked up his three-year-old son. Later that night the car was found in the vicinity of his mother's house, and a search of the vehicle found a note with information on location of Soltys' son. A state arrest warrant for murder was issued on August 20, 2001 by the Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, California. His son's body was found in an empty field in Roseville, California on August 21, 2001. He was arrested in the backyard of a family member's home without incident in Citrus Heights, California on August 30, 2001. Soltys later committed suicide in Sacramento County Jail on February 13, 2002.|
|Clayton Waagner||#467||September 21, 2001||Three months|
RV in September 1999. He escaped from DeWitt County Jail in Clinton, Illinois on February 22, 2001 where he was awaiting sentencing and facing a term of 15 years to life. He then became wanted for the bank robbery of a First Union Bank in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania May 2001 and for carjackings in Tunica and in Robinsonville, Mississippi and firearms violations in Memphis, Tennessee September 7, 2001.
Waagner became a U.S. Marshals Service Top 15 Fugitive on November 29, 2001 because of more than 280 letters that threatened to contain anthrax, which he mailed with return addresses of the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Secret Service in October 2001. He then mailed anthrax letters to Planned Parenthood November 2001 and issued threats to kill 42 low-level abortion clinic employees up to November 23, 2001. Waagner was arrested at a Kinko's in Springdale, Ohio December 5, 2001.
|Felix Summers||#468||October 30, 2001||45 days|
|Felix Summers was wanted in the murder of a witness against Summers in Philadelphia in 1999 in a pending homicide case as well as being wanted in murder of 16-year-old girl and the wounding of five others in Philadelphia in August 2001. Summer had also been the lead suspect in several murders in the South Philadelphia area, where he was dealing drugs. He evaded police who followed up on a tip August 22, 2001 that he was at the Dickinson Street South Philadelphia apartment of Jarrell Jones, which contained cocaine, handguns, and currency. Summer was captured in Blackwood, New Jersey December 14, 2001.|
|Christian Longo||#469||January 11, 2002||Two days|
|Christian Michael Longo became wanted in the murder of his wife and children in Oregon after the body of his four-year-old son was found on December 19, 2001 floating several feet from shore in the Lint Slough, a waterway off the Pacific Ocean, in Waldport, Oregon. Divers searching the same area where his son's body had been earlier found also located the body of his three-year-old sister on December 22, 2001. The bodies of the children's mother and two-year-old sister were found five days later. After leaving the United States, Longo had been recognized in Cancún on December 27, 2001 at a hostel. The next day he was charged December 28, 2001 in Lincoln County, Oregon with multiple counts of aggravated murder in the death of his family; and with unlawful flight by a federal arrest warrant issued in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. After leaving the hostel on January 7, 2002 he was captured six days later without incident in the small town of Tulum, Quintana Roo, about 60 miles south of Cancún. He was taken into U.S. custody at the Houston, Texas airport January 14, 2002.|
|Michael Scott Bliss||#470||January 31, 2002||Three months|
|Michael Scott Bliss was a prior convicted felon who in July 2000 had finished serving time in prison for videotaped aggravated assaults on three minors in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He was wanted for repeat videotaped molestations of a nine-year-old girl that began in September 2000 and ended in April 2001 as well as for aggravated sexual assault in New Hampshire. An arrest warrant was issued in Vermont on April 9, 2001 for his arrest. On June 6, 2001 his vehicle was found abandoned at LAX airport. Bliss was captured at the Nutel Motel in the Westlake area of Los Angeles, California at 5:30 p.m. on the night of April 23, 2002.|
|James Spencer Springette||#471||April 25, 2002||Seven months|
|James Spencer Springette was the head of Caribbean-based drug cartel since 1991. He was charged with conspiracy in United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in October 1998 for conspiracy to import cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Springette was originally arrested in Medellín, Colombia, January 30, 1999 but escaped from La Picota prison in Bogotá, Colombia on March 1, 2000 while waiting extradition. He was captured near Caracas, Venezuela on November 5, 2002.|
|Rubén Hernández Martínez||#472||May 1, 2002||Two days|
|Rubén Hernández Martínez was wanted for home invasions and sexual assaults in Nashville, Tennessee in 1997 and 1998, while working as a construction laborer as a resident alien with a valid green card and social security card. Hernández was charged on May 29, 1998 by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, Davidson County, Tennessee, with five counts of aggravated rape, one count of aggravated burglary, and one count of failure to appear. He was arrested without incident in Rio Bravo, Mexico, by Mexican law enforcement authorities.|
|Timmy John Weber||#473||May 7, 2002||Captured 9 days before official list publication|
|Timmy John Weber was captured nine days before announcement.|
|Richard Goldberg||#474||June 14, 2002||Five years|
|Richard Goldberg was wanted for allegedly engaging in sexual activities with several female children under the age of ten in Long Beach, California, from January through May 2001. He was charged in California in July 2001, in a state arrest warrant with six counts of lewd acts upon a child and two counts of possession of child pornography. Goldberg was subsequently charged as a fugitive in a federal arrest warrant issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Goldberg was arrested in Montreal, Canada, at his residence by the Montreal Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on May 12, 2007. He was later sentenced to twenty years in prison.|
|Robert William Fisher||#475||June 29, 2002||Still at large|
|Scottsdale, Arizona on April 10, 2001. He has been charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of arson of an occupied structure.|
|Michael Alfonso||#476||January 23, 2003||One year|
|Michael Alfonso was wanted for the murder of two women. The first account was for stalking and shooting to death an earlier girlfriend, 23 year-old Sumanear Yang, in Illinois, in September 1992. The second was for the stalking and shooting to death of his 28 year-old ex-girlfriend, Genoveva Velasquez, June 6, 2001, as she arrived for work at a restaurant in Wheaton, Illinois. He was arrested in Veracruz, Mexico on July 16, 2004 and brought back to the United States after being reported to the U.S. embassy when a viewer recognized him after being profiled on America's Most Wanted.|
|Genero Espinosa Dorantes||#477||August 14, 2003||Three years|
|Name||Sequence Number||Date of Entry||Time Listed|
|Diego León Montoya Sánchez||#478||May 6, 2004||Three years|
|North Valley Drug Cartel. The North Valley Cartel was believed to be the most powerful and violent drug trafficking organization in Colombia. The cartel reportedly relied heavily for protection on illegal armed groups, taking help from right-wing paramilitaries as well as leftist rebels. He was arrested in Colombia on September 10, 2007 and is in Colombian custody.|
|Chaunson Lavel McKibbins||#479||November 9, 2004||Captured 11 days before official list publication|
|Chaunson Lavel McKibbins was wanted for kidnapping, aggravated assault, and murder in Atlanta, GA. He was captured on October 29, 2004 at a gas station in Atlanta after receiving a tip from a viewer of the America’s Most Wanted television program.|
|Jorge Alberto López Orozco||#480||March 17, 2005||Four years|
|Elmore County, Idaho. The victims' remains were found on August 11, 2002, inside a burned-out vehicle. He was believed to be travelling with his brother, Simón López Orozco, who has been charged as an accessory in the crime. On October 8, 2009, the Procuraduría General de la República arrested López Orozco in Mexico.|
|Michael Paul Astorga||#481||April 1, 2006||Two days|
|Michael Paul Astorga was wanted for the November 5, 2005, shooting death of Candido Martinez, 27, in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the murder of Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy James Frances McGrane Jr. on March 22, 2006 during a routine traffic stop just south of Tijeras, New Mexico. He was profiled on the television show America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back on April 1, 2006. Astorga was captured by the Agencia Estatal De Investigaciones del Estado de Chihuahua on April 3, 2006 in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, where he had hid out, just across the border from El Paso, Texas. He was a Mexico prisoner charged with possession of firearms, ammunition, and marijuana but came into U.S custody after Bernalillo County Sheriff's Officers posted $2,000 bond to Mexican authorities.|
|Warren Steed Jeffs||#482||May 6, 2006||Four months|
|Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was captured on August 29, 2006, on Interstate 15 just north of Las Vegas, Nevada, after a routine traffic stop.|
|Ralph "Bucky" Phillips||#483||September 7, 2006||One day|
|Chautauqua County, New York. He was captured on September 8, 2006 after surrendering to authorities after being cornered in a corn field just over the Pennsylvania state line.|
|John W. Parsons||#484||September 30, 2006||20 days|
|Chillicothe police officer on April 21, 2005, aggravated robbery, having weapons under disability, tampering with evidence, and two counts of grand theft. He escaped by forming a rope using toilet paper and torn up bed sheets. Parsons was captured on October 19, 2006 after surrendering to police in eastern Chillicothe.|
|Emigdio Preciado, Jr.||#485||March 14, 2007||Two years|
| He was captured in Mexico on July 17, 2009.|
|Shauntay Henderson||#486||March 31, 2007||One day|
|Alexis Flores||#487||June 2, 2007||Still at large|
|Jon Savarino Schillaci||#488||September 7, 2007||Nine months|
|Deerfield, New Hampshire, in October 1999. Schillaci had been communicating with the victim's family while he was serving time for prior sexual assault convictions. After his release from prison, the family provided Schillaci a home from which to start his new life, during which time the molestation occurred. On June 5, 2008, Schillaci was taken into custody in Aguascalientes state in Mexico without incident. He was returned to New Hampshire to face child molestation and child pornography charges on June 6, 2008.|
|Jason Derek Brown||#489||December 8, 2007||Still at large|
|Phoenix, Arizona, Robert Keith Palomares in November 2004. Allegedly spent the weeks leading up the murder in the theater parking lot, studying the schedules of when the guards began collecting the money.|
|Michael Jason Registe||#490||July 26, 2008||One month|
|Columbus, Georgia. On July 20, 2007, law enforcement officials responded to a shooting incident in which two males sitting inside a truck had suffered execution-style gunshot wounds to the back of their heads. One of the victims died at the scene and the other died shortly afterward. On August 27, 2008, Registe was captured on the Island of St. Marten following numerous tips being received by the FBI after the airing of an America's Most Wanted television segment featuring Registe. Officials speculated that extradition would have taken from two weeks to several months. Eleven months later, Registe was extradited.|
|Edward Eugene Harper||#491||November 29, 2008||Eight months|
|Joe Luis Saenz||#492||October 19, 2009||Three years|
|Joe Luis Saenz is a currently wanted for murder, kidnapping, rape, parole violation and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. According to the FBI, in 1998, Joe Luis Saenz allegedly shot and killed two rival gang members in Los Angeles for disrespecting one of the members of his gang. Saenz then kidnapped, raped, and murdered his girlfriend and mother of his child, at his grandmother’s home. It is also believed that, in October 2008, he was involved in the murder of his own Lott Stoner gang. Saenz was captured in Mexico in November 2012.|
|Eduardo Ravelo||#493||October 21, 2009||Still at large|
|Semion Mogilevich||#494||October 22, 2009||Still at large|
|Newtown, Pennsylvania, between 1993 and 1998. The scheme to defraud collapsed in 1998, after thousands of investors lost in excess of $150 million, and Mogilevich, thought to have allegedly funded and authorized the scheme, was indicted in April 2003.|
End of the decade
After December 31, 2009 the following fugitives remained on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List.
|Name||Sequence number||Date of entry|
|Victor Gerena||#386||May 14, 1984|
|Glen Godwin||#447||Dec 7, 1996|
|Usama Bin Laden||#456||Jun 7, 1999|
|James Bulger||#458||Aug 19, 1999|
|Robert Fisher||#475||Jun 29, 2002|
|Alexis Flores||#487||Jun 2, 2007|
|Jason Derek Brown||#489||Dec 8, 2007|
|Joe Saenz||#492||Oct 19, 2009|
|Eduardo Ravelo||#493||Oct 20, 2009|
|Semion Mogilevich||#494||Oct 22, 2009|
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