FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, 1990s

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The FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives during the 1990s is a list, maintained for a fifth decade, of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.

FBI 10 Most Wanted Fugitives to begin the 1990s[edit]

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 1990s version of the logo previously used by the FBI as the main title for the web site page of the group of ten fugitives. This version of the logo came into use by the FBI beginning in the 1990s, and lasted at least through 1998. By 2005, it had been reworked into the modern logo now seen at the top of the group of ten fugitives page. In contrast, this early 1990s logo had appeared in the center of the group of ten fugitives on the FBI's web page, with the 10 fugitive photos and names evenly spaced all around the logo.

The following fugitives made up the top Ten list to begin the 1990s:

Name Sequence Number Date of Entry Notes
Leo Joseph Koury #366 1979  • Eluded the FBI for 12 years before dying of cerebral vascular hypertension on June 16, 1991.[1]
Donald Eugene Webb #375 1981  • Removed from the list on March 31, 2007, without ever being located; presumed dead.[2]On July 14, 2017, remains found at the Dartmouth home of Webb's wife were identified as belonging to Webb. Investigators stated that Webb had died in 1999.[3]
Victor Manuel Gerena #386 1984  • Still at large in the theft of $7 million from a Connecticut securities firm, but removed from the list on December 15, 2016.
Claude Daniel Marks #411 1987  • Surrendered December 6, 1994 with Donna Jean Willmott[1]
Donna Jean Willmott #412 1987  • Surrendered December 6, 1994 with Claude Daniel Marks[1]
Armando Garcia #423 1989  • Arrested January 18, 1994 after being featured on America's Most Wanted.[4]
Melvin Edward Mays #424 1989  • Arrested March 9, 1995[5]
Arthur Lee Washington Jr. #427 1989  • Removed from the list in December 2000 for no longer meeting the list criteria.[6]
Wardell David Ford #429 1989  • Arrested September 17, 1990[7]

One spot on the list of ten remained unfilled from a capture late in the year 1989. It was filled in the first month of the last year of the decade in 1990.

Red and black headers used by the FBI on 1990s top ten wanted posters. This red and black 1990s version of the headers appeared on FBI wanted posters with blue text in the upper left corner reading "FBI Fugitive Publicity." These two headers were replaced by the modern blue border version of the poster header some time before 2002. FBITenheader.gif

FBI Most Wanted Fugitives added during the 1990s[edit]

The list of the most wanted fugitives listed during the 1990s fluctuated throughout the decade with some fugitives making reappearances on the list. In 1992, there were no additions made by the FBI to the list, for the second time in its history. 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):[8][9]

Name Sequence Number Date of Entry Time Listed
Leslie Isben Rogge #430 January 24, 1990 Six years
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Leslie Isben Rogge surrendered May 19, 1996 to Guatemalan authorities. Was featured on Unsolved Mysteries.[10]
Kenneth Robert Stanton #431 October 24, 1990 Seven days
Kenneth Robert Stanton was captured October 31, 1990 by FBI and York County Sheriff's Department.[11] Was featured on Unsolved Mysteries
Patrick Michael Mitchell #432 November 23, 1990 Four years
Patrick Michael Mitchell was captured February 22, 1994 in Southhaven, Mississippi and was imprisoned in the U.S. from 1994 until his death from cancer in 2007. He robbed the Deposit Guaranty Bank, Mississippi in February 1994.[12]
Jon Preston Steele #433 August 9, 1991 Never published
Jon Preston Steele was arrested August 6, 1991 (before being published to the list) in Los Angeles.
Robert Michael Allen #434 September 13, 1991 One year, 3 months
Robert Michael Allen was found dead on December 23, 1992 in the California desert by three hikers.
Mir Qazi #435 February 9, 1993 Four years
Mir Qazi, known by the FBI under the name Mir Aimal Kansi, was executed on November 14, 2002 by lethal injection in a Virginia state prison. He was convicted November 12, 1997 Kansi was a fugitive in Afghanistan and Pakistan before being arrested after he was turned in by an informant, at his hotel in Dera Ghazi Khan, central Pakistan on June 17, 1997. He was wanted in murder case of two CIA employees outside CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia on January 25, 1993, during which three others were shot as well in their cars at the intersection.
Ramzi Ahmed Yousef #436 April 21, 1993 Two years
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Ramzi Ahmed Yousef is imprisoned at the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. He was convicted on November 12, 1997; sentenced to life January 8, 1998 of planning and execution of the 1993 WTC bombing in Manhattan, the mastermind behind the bombing. He was arrested in Pakistan February 7, 1995. Yousef had fled Manila, Philippines after the foiled Bojinka plot February 6, 1995 to bomb 11 U.S. airliners. He is the nephew of captured 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Also known as Abdul Mahmud Abdul Karim Basit
Joseph Martin Luther Gardner #437 May 25, 1994 Five months
Joseph Martin Luther Gardner was arrested on October 19, 1994 in Philadelphia. He remained incarcerated until he was executed on December 5, 2008. [13]
Gary Ray Bowles #438 November 19, 1994 Three days
Gary Ray Bowles, imprisoned on death row since 1999. Arrested on November 22, 1994 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida as a suspect in serial killings. His death sentence was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court on August 28, 1998. Bowles had been a drifter in and out of prison since 1981, and was arrested in Atlanta in August 1986.
Gerald Keith Watkins #439 March 4, 1995 Two months
Gerald Keith Watkins has been imprisoned in U.S. since 1995. Arrested in Harlem May 5, 1995
Juan García Ábrego #440 March 9, 1995 Nine months
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Juan García Ábrego has been imprisoned in U.S. since 1996 imprisoned in Houston, Texas sentenced to 11 life terms on January 31, 1997; Convicted in Houston United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas October 16, 1996 of 22 counts of drug trafficking charges; Expelled to US by Mexico January 15, 1996; Arrested January 14, 1996 in Monterrey, Mexico; Indictment amended in 1996; Wanted on multiple murder charges in Mexico by 1995; Warrant issued and indicted September 1993 in Houston; Indicted in Dallas, Texas federal United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in 1990. Wanted in US on drug conspiracy charges since 1986. He was the founder and drug boss of the Gulf Cartel, a drug trafficking organization in Mexico, before in arrest.
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi #441 March 23, 1995 Four years
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, a Scotland prisoner, whose murder conviction was upheld by appeals court in March 2002. Sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole after 20 years; convicted January 31, 2001; arrested in the Netherlands April 5, 1999. He was charged in part with "Conspiracy to Destroy a Civil Aircraft of the United States"; was wanted in the December 21, 1988 mass murder bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 259 passengers and crew members and 11 Lockerbie villagers, including nationals of the United States; Libyan intelligence agent, under cover as Chief of Airline Security for Libyan Arab Airlines. He was released on August 20, 2009 and allowed to return to Libya by the Scottish Government on compassionate grounds following doctors reporting on the August 10, 2009 that he had terminal prostate cancer and had less than three months to live,.[14][15] He died in Tripoli, Libya on May 20, 2012.
Lamin Khalifah Fhimah #442 March 23, 1995 Four years
Lamin Khalifah Fhimah was acquitted in Scotland January 31, 2001. He was arrested in the Netherlands April 5, 1999; charged in part with "Conspiracy to Destroy a Civil Aircraft of the United States" and wanted in the December 21, 1988 mass murder bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland which killed 259 passengers and crew members and 11 Lockerbie villagers, including nationals of the United States.
O'Neil Vassell #443 July 15, 1995 One year
O'Neil Vassell is a US prisoner arrested on October 16, 1996 in Brooklyn, New York. He was wanted on 3 first-degree murder counts from June and July 1993 murders of three individuals in the Bridgeport, Connecticut area. Vassell had a history of assaults and drug charges; was a known member of the "RATs" Jamaican drug posse, was a drug user and had been known to carry a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.[16]
Rickey Allen Bright #444 December 15, 1995 Three weeks
Rickey Allen Bright is a US prisoner who was arrested on January 7, 1996 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was wanted in the kidnapping and rape of a 9-year-old Wilkes County, North Carolina girl in October 1995; paroled after 13 years in January 1995 from North Carolina prison; was turned down twice for parole; sentenced to 15-to-life in North Carolina prison in 1981; was wanted in kidnapping and attempted rape of a 7-year-old girl in Gastonia, North Carolina in 1979
Agustín Vásquez Mendoza #445 August 3, 1996 Four years
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Agustín Vásquez Mendoza has been imprisoned since 2000 in Maricopa County, Arizona. He was arrested in Mexico July 9, 2000 for unlawful flight after being indicted in Phoenix, Arizona July 11, 1994 in 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
Thang Thanh Nguyen #446 August 3, 1996 One year
Thang Thanh Nguyen has been imprisoned in U.S. since 1998 after being extradited to Rochester, New York January 6, 1998 from Bangkok, Thailand He was turned over to the FBI and transported from Vietnam; was arrested December 22, 1997 in Bac Lieu, Vietnam. Nguyen was charged by FBI with unlawful flight July 14, 1992 following an arrest warrant for his indictment in Monroe County, New York July 9, 1992; for an in home-invasion robbery and murder of his former employer, a Vietnamese businessman in Irondequoit, New York January 26, 1992.
Glen Stewart Godwin #447 December 7, 1996 Still at large (although no longer on the list)
Glen Stewart 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; murdered an inmate in Mexican prison April 1991; sentenced to prison in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1987. He was convicted for drug trafficking in Mexico in 1987; arrested for drug trafficking in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 1987; escaped from Folsom prison June 30, 1987 through a storm drain.[17] As of May 19, 1996 he was no longer on the list.
David Alex Alvarez #448 December 14, 1996 Five months
David Alex Alvarez is a Mexican prisoner who was arrested on May 20, 1997 in Tijuana, Mexico. He was wanted in murder of four people, including two young girls, and wounding of three other people, at Baldwin Park, California September 29, 1996. He was also wanted in a kidnapping in California, August 1996. He was paroled in 1994 after being sentenced to five years in 1992 following a conviction of battery and assault with a firearm in 1992.[18]
Andrew Phillip Cunanan #449 June 12, 1997 One month
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Andrew Phillip Cunanan committed suicide in a German millionaire's houseboat on Indian Creek Canal in Miami Beach, Florida July 23, 1997. He was wanted in shooting murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace outside his Miami Beach house July 15, 1997. Arrived in Miami Beach on May 10, 1997; wanted in shooting murder of Finn's Point Cemetery worker in Pennsville, New Jersey May 9, 1997; wanted in torture and stabbing murder of Chicago, Illinois real-estate developer Lee Miglin at his home May 3, 1997; wanted in shooting murder of another partner near Duluth, Minnesota around April 29, 1997; wanted in bludgeoning murder of partner in Minneapolis, Minnesota April 27, 1997.
Paul Ragusa #450 September 6, 1997 Four months
Paul Ragusa has been imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998. He was arrested on January 30, 1998 in New York. He had cosmetic surgery in 1997 following an indictment on racketeering charges June 14, 1996. He was wanted in shooting of two security guards at a Chemical Bank branch in Maspeth, Queens, June 23, 1993; beating a burglar with a baseball bat on Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood, New York in 1990 (charges were dropped in the beating case); beating a stranger in a van in the face with a stick in Ridgewood, New York in March 1989.
Ramón Eduardo Arellano-Félix #451 September 18, 1997 Five years
Ramón Eduardo Arellano-Félix was killed in a gun battle with police at Mazatlán February 10, 2002. 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.
Tony Ray Amati #452 February 21, 1998 Four days
Tony Ray Amati has been imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998. He was arrested on February 25, 1998 in Marietta, Georgia; wanted on federal warrant for Unlawful Flight December 1997; wanted in Las Vegas for three handgun murders May–July 1996.
Harry Joseph Bowman #453 March 14, 1998 One year
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Harry Joseph "Taco" Bowman has been imprisoned in the U.S. since 1999 after being arrested June 7, 1999 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Indicted in Tampa in August 1997 for three murders; wanted in murder of an Outlaws member in Indiana in 1995; indicted for having ordered bombings of rival clubhouses in Orlando and in Cook County, Illinois in 1994; wanted in the murder of rival club member in Edgewater, Florida in 1991; wanted in the murder of an Outlaws member in Ormond Beach, Florida in 1982; former international president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in more than 30 cities in the United States and some 20 chapters in at least four other countries.[19]
Eric Robert Rudolph #454 May 5, 1998 Five years
Eric Robert Rudolph, a U.S. prisoner, was arrested in Murphy, North Carolina, May 31, 2003. He was charged on October 14, 1998 in a series of southeastern US bombings. Before being arrested, his last known contact was with a Mr. Nordman, and stole his pickup and supplies, 1998; his pickup was found abandoned at Murphy, North Carolina February 8, 1998; wanted in a bombing murder and maiming at a Birmingham abortion clinic January 29, 1998; wanted in a double bombing at a nightclub in Atlanta February 21, 1997; wanted in bombing at Atlanta family planning clinic January 29, 1997; wanted in adouble bombing at office building in north Atlanta on January 16, 1997; wanted in a bombing murder at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, July 27, 1996.[20]
James Charles Kopp #455 June 7, 1999 Two years
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James Charles Kopp,[21] a U.S. prisoner, was arrested in Dinan, Brittany, France, March 30, 2001. 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.[22] Kopp was indicted in federal court in October 2000 for use of deadly force and indicted in NY state in June 1999 for second-degree murder; his 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier was found abandoned at Newark International Airport December 18, 1998 after he initially disappeared on November 3, 1998.
Usama Bin Laden[23]
Full name: Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden
Arabic: أسامة بن محمد بن عوض بن لادن‎‎
#456 June 7, 1999 11 years, 10 months, 23 days
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Osama bin Laden[a] 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. Although bin Laden later appeared on the first publicly released FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list on October 10, 2001, he was listed there for his alleged role in the 1998 embassy attack, and not for his alleged role in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Osama bin Laden was the subject of a $50 million[24] reward through the State Department's Rewards for Justice program.[a][25][26]

Osama bin Laden was killed during Operation Neptune Spear[27] in Abbottābad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011.[28]

Ángel Maturino Reséndiz #457 June 21, 1999 Three weeks
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Ángel Maturino Reséndiz a.k.a. Rafael Resendez-Ramirez was executed June 27, 2006 in Huntsville, Texas by lethal injection. He was arrested July 13, 1999 in Houston; wanted for murders as "The Railway Killer" in Jackson County, Illinois, June 15, 1999; murder in Houston, Texas, June 5, 1999; murder in Fayette County, Texas, June 4, 1999; double murder in Weimar, Texas, April 30, 1999; murder in West University, Texas, December 17, 1998; murder in Lexington, Kentucky, August 29, 1997.
James J. Bulger #458 August 19, 1999 11 years, 10 months, 3 days
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James J. Bulger was wanted for his role in 19 murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leadership of an Irish organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals, and other illegal activities in the Boston, Massachusetts area. He has a violent temper and was known to carry a knife at all times.

Arrested June 22, 2011, in Santa Monica, California.[29][30]

End of the decade[edit]

As the decade closed, the following were still at large as the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives:

Name Sequence number Date of entry
Donald Eugene Webb #375 1981
Victor Manuel Gerena #386 1984
Arthur Lee Washington Jr. #427 1989
Agustín Vásquez Mendoza #445 1996
Glen Stewart Godwin #447 1996
Ramon Eduardo Arellano-Felix #451 1997
Eric Robert Rudolph #454 1998
James Charles Kopp #455 1999

Usama Bin Laden[23]
AKA: Osama bin Laden
Arabic: أسامة بن محمد بن عوض بن لادن‎‎

#456 1999
James J. Bulger #458 1999

FBI directors in decade of 1990s[edit]

FBI headlines in decade of 1990s[edit]

As a decade, the 1990s list stands out above others for its inclusion of a large number of highly notorious suspects, including several major terrorists, foreign and domestic. In 1993 and 1994, the FBI was scrutinized for its role in the Ruby Ridge and Waco incidents. In 1999, the most notorious suspect ever in American history, Osama bin Laden, was added to the list for the 1998 embassy attacks.

Although many 1990s terrorists have appeared on the top 10 list of fugitives, it was not until the aftermath of 9/11 in 2001 that the FBI began maintaining a separate list of Most Wanted Terrorists.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Maskaly, Michelle (2008-10-27). "Wanted: Donald Eugene Webb for the Murder of a Pennsylvania Police Chief". FOX News. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  3. ^ Victoria Warren, Remains found in Dartmouth yard are those of fugitive wanted for killing police chief, The Associated Press via WHDH News, July 14, 2017
  4. ^ "FBI Top Ten Fugitive Arrested In Columbia". America's Most Wanted. Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Sean; Stephen Sloan (2002). Historical Dictionary of Terrorism. Scarecrow Press. p. 440. ISBN 978-0-8108-4101-7. 
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  7. ^ "FBI Top Tenner Busted Working Under Alias". America's Most Wanted. Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  8. ^ Federal Bureau of Investigation (2000). FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives Program: 50th Anniversary 1950–2000. K&D Limited, Inc. 
  9. ^ "A Chronological Listing of the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" March 14, 1950 – January 1, 2000" (PDF). Federal Bureau of Investigation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2002-01-27. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  10. ^ "FBI Ten Most Wanted poster of Rogge". Archived from the original on October 22, 1996. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  11. ^ "South Carolina, Suspect Extradited To Georgia". The Charlotte Observer. 1990-11-04. 
  12. ^ "Top U.S. Bank Robber Faces 50 Years". Contra Costa Times. 1995-08-28. 
  13. ^ Joseph Martin Luther Gardner #1136
  14. ^ "Progress record" (PDF). Times Online. Retrieved 2010-01-27. The clinical assessment, therefore, is that a 3 month prognosis is now a reasonable estimate for this patient. 
  15. ^ Sonne, Paul (January 13, 2010). "Lockerbie Release Is Defended". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  16. ^ "O'Neil Vassell". Archived from the original on 1996-10-22. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  17. ^ "Glen Stewart Godwin". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Archived from the original on 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  18. ^ "David Alex Alvarez". Archived from the original on 1996-12-21. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  19. ^ "Harry Joseph Bowman". Archived from the original on 1998-12-05. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  20. ^ "Statement of Attorney General John Ashcroft Regarding The Arrest of Eric Robert Rudolph". Federal Bureau of Investigation. 2003-05-31. Archived from the original on 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  21. ^ "James Charles Kopp". Archived from the original on 2000-03-04. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  22. ^ Vulliamy, Ed; Henry McDonald; Stuart Jeffries (1 April 2001). "Abortion death hunt muzzles 'Atomic Dog'". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  23. ^ a b Name as it appears on FBI Most wanted poster Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ "Senate doubles Bin Laden reward". BBC News. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  25. ^ "Osama bin Laden's FBI Most Wanted Fugitive Alert". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  26. ^ "Rewards for Justice Wanted Terrorist Osama bin Laden". Rewards for Justice. Archived from the original on 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  27. ^ "Operation Neptune Spear". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  28. ^ Doug Luzader (May 2, 2011). "Bin Laden Killed after Firefight in Pakistan". Fox News. Archived from the original on May 5, 2011. 
  29. ^ "James J. Bulger". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  30. ^ "Top Ten Fugitive James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Arrested". Federal Bureau of Investigation. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 

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