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FBI Task Force Captures Fugitive on the Run for Nearly 50 Years

Leonard Rayne Moses.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI’s Detroit Fugitive Task Force tracked down and arrested a man who had been on the run for nearly 50 years after escaping custody in Pennsylvania. 

Leonard Rayne Moses, now 71, was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder when he fled during his grandmother’s funeral in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 1, 1971. 

During the 1968 Pittsburgh riots in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Moses and four friends tossed Molotov cocktail into a home in Pittsburgh, severely burning 72-year-old Mary Amplo, who died three months later. 

At the time, Moses was 15. He was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 17. 

While on the run, Moses assumed the identity of Paul Dickson and until at least 1999 he was a traveling pharmacist in Michigan. 

“I hope this arrest brings some closure to the family members of Mary Amplo, who was killed back in 1968,” FBI Pittsburgh Special Agent in Charge Michael Christman said in a statement. “Mr. Moses will now have to face justice for her murder. Through coordination with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and our partners in Michigan, we were able to identify Mr. Moses using the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system. It’s these new advances in technology that the FBI must continue to identify and use to make sure those who commit crimes are brought to justice.”

Marine Deserter Wanted for Murder Added to FBI’s Most Wanted List

Michael Alexander Brown

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A Marine accused of murdering his mother’s boyfriend in Virginia less than a month after deserting his military post has been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List of fugitives.

Michael Alexander Brown, 22, is believed to be “armed with a high-powered rifle and may have access to other weapons,” according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia.

Sheriff’s officials believe he may be hiding in the woods because he frequents national parks and forests.

Authorities said Brown fled after fatally shooting his mother’s boyfriend on Nov. 9 in the man’s home in Hardy, about 10 miles east of Roanoke, Va.

Less than a month earlier, Brown deserted his post at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Brown’s arrest.

Earlier this month, Brown was charged with second-degree murder.

FBI Captures Georgia Man Wanted in 1996 Murder

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Hector Ulises Garay spent 22 years running from charges that he murdered a Georgia man during an attempted robbery.

The 51-year-old fugitive is now behind bars after he was captured in El Salvador, where members of the FBI’s Atlanta Metro Major Offender Task Force picked him up and transported him back to Atlanta. He’s now lodged in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond on murder charges. 

Border agents in Central America flagged Garay when he tried to travel from El Salvador to Honduras.

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes. These fugitives never go off our radar,” FBI spokesperson Kevin Rowson to Fox 5 News

Gary is accused of murdering Adalberto Salines during an attempted robbery at Salines’ home on Jan. 21, 1996.

According to the FBI, Garay shot and killed Salines when he wouldn’t let him in the home. “We don’t believe people should get away with murder,” Rowson said. 

Other Stories of Interest

Fugitive Chicago Cop Captured After 14 Years on the Run

Former Chicago cop Eddie C. Hicks was on the lam since 2003.

Former Chicago cop Eddie C. Hicks was on the lam since 2003.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Chicago police sergeant accused of using bogus search warrants to steal cash, drugs and guns was arrested 14 years after he went on the lam.

Eddie C. Hicks, who failed to show for his court hearing in June 2003, was arrested in Detroit and taken back to Chicago in federal custody, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. 

One of Hicks’ co-defendants, Lawrence Knitter, was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2005.

Federal authorities allege they busted Hicks and others on tape plotting to steal drugs from drug dealers. They are accused of posing as DEA Task Force officers while making traffic stops, and they forged search warrants to raid homes, apartments and hotel rooms.

Hicks, a 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, worked in the narcotics section between 1992 and 1997, when he is accused of stealing from drug dealers.

FBI Renews Search for Long-Sought Child Molestation Suspect

Age-progressed photo of what Barrett Preston Busschau may look like today.

Age-progressed photo of what Barrett Preston Busschau may look like today.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is renewing its search for a long-sought fugitive who was charged in 1993 with molesting five girls between the ages of 10 and 15.

Barrett Preston Busschau, now 42, has been on the loose since he was awaiting trial on numerous charges of sexual assault. He disappeared from Oregon in 1993.

The FBI produced an age-progressed photo of what Busschau may look like now and posted the image and information on its fugitive website. https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cac/barrett-preston-busschau

A native of South Africa, Busschau had been living in the U.S. since 1984 as a legal resident. Authorities believe he may have fled to California, Panama or South Africa.

Accused Murderer on Lam After Being Charged with Killing Man 6 Years Ago Added to FBI 10 Most Wanted

Walter Yocani

Walter Yocani is on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Walter Yovany Gomez has been added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list after fleeing authorities for six years on charges of murder.

Gomez is accused of murder in connection to the May 2011 killing of Julio Matute. Authorities said the motive was proving himself capable of being a full member of Mara Salvatrucha, an international street gang better known as MS-13.

Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick described the MS-13 as “one of the most vicious and violent street gangs in the United States.”

“They kill rival gang members, they kill innocent civilians,” he said.

Woman Captured 3 Days After Being Placed on Top 10 Most Wanted List

Shanika Minor was added to the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list.

Shanika Minor was added to the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just three days after Shanika Minor was placed on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, she was arrested at a motel in North Carolina.

Fox 6 reports that Minor, who was wanted for the murder of a pregnant woman, was on the run for nearly four months after the fatal shooting.

The family of the victim, Tamecca Perry, expressed gratitude.

“I want to tell whoever turned her in, thank you. Thank you,” Elaine Freeman, Perry’s aunt said.

FBI Agent Remains Hospitalized After Kansas Motel Shootout

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was injured during a weekend shootout in a Kansas motel was still in the hospital Monday.

Two deputy marshals also were shot and have been treated and released after the Saturday night shootout, the Associated Press reports. 

The FBI agent was in good condition Monday.

The shootout happened after a fugitive task force attempted to arrest 28-year-old robbery suspect Orlando Collins. The federal officials were shot at, and a fire erupted inside the motel.

Investigators are still trying to identify the body found inside the suspect’s room, which was gutted by a fire.