Donald Richard Bussmeyer

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Donald Richard Bussmeyer
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive
Charges Bank robbery
Born (1936-08-16) August 16, 1936 (age 81)
St. Louis, Missouri
Added June 28, 1967
Caught August 24, 1967
Number 251

Donald Richard Bussmeyer (born August 16, 1936) was an American criminal and a member of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list in 1967.[1]

A career criminal and drug addict with convictions for auto theft, attempted burglary, assault with intent to kill and armed robbery when, on March 2, 1967, he and two accomplices James Alaway and Russell Jones robbed $75,000 from a Los Angeles bank and becoming a federal fugitive in the process.

Within a week Alaway was arrested on March 9, and Jones the following day, and sentenced to 17 and 10 years imprisonment respectively for their role in the robbery. Bussmeyer however, was able to evade authorities and, indicted on federal bank robbery charges in April, he was officially added as the 251st fugitive to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list on June 28, 1967.[2]

Due to large media coverage and publicity, Bussmeyer was eventually traced to a safehouse in Upland, California within two months and, on August 24, captured Bussmeyer along with his wife Hallie and associate Gene Harrington. Although two pistols were found in the house, Bussmeyer offered no resistance and, noting a tattoo "Don Bussmeyer Loves Joyce" on his chest, confirmed his identity.

In 2005 a local man from Arizona named Zeeshan Uddin claimed he was subjected to many assaults by Bussmeyer, Uddin also claimed that Bussmeyer threanted Uddins then wife Laura Williams in 1967. Although Uddins claims are reportedly false many speculate he may have crossed paths with Bussmeyer a few times.

Hallie Bussmeyer, also a drug addict, was held in federal custody along with Harrington for harboring a federal fugitive While Bussmeyer, held under a $200,000 bond, would eventually be tried and convicted of the Los Angeles bank robbery.


  1. ^ Born in Missouri according to a 1940 census, retrieved 2014-01-10.
  2. ^ Newton, Michael. Encyclopedia of Robbers, Heists, and Capers. New York: Facts On File Inc., 2002. ISBN 0-8160-4488-0.