Top 10 most wanted fugitives by the FBI
Top 10 most wanted fugitives by the FBI

The FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list is constantly changing.

The 10 men on the list today are wanted for murder, racketeering, and theft. The FBI is offering $100,000 rewards for information leading to their arrest — and details on one man are worth up to $20 million.

The list has been public since 1950. Of the 523 fugitives that have been on the list, 162 have been caught thanks to the public's help.

People drop off the list if they are captured, dismissed of criminal charges, or no longer fit the FBI's description as someone with "a lengthy record of committing serious crimes and/or considered a particularly dangerous menace to society."

When vacancies exist, the Criminal Investigative Division of the FBI asks its various field offices around the country to submit nominations for prospective additions. FBI executives ultimately approve who makes the top 10.

Here's who is on the list and how they got there.

List of top 10 most wanted fugitives by FBI

10. Eugene Palmer: added in May 2019, $100,000 reward

9. Arnoldo Jimenez: added in May 2019, $100,000 reward

8. Rafael Caro-Quintero: added in April 2018, $20 million reward

7. Alejandro Castillo: added in October 2017, $100,000 reward

6. Santiago Villalba Mederos: added in September 2017, $100,000 reward

5. Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel: added in April 2017, $100,000 reward

4. Yaser Abdel Said: added in December 2014, $100,000 reward

3. Jason Derek Brown: added in December 2007, $200,000 reward

2. Alexis Flores: added in June 2007, $100,000 reward

1. Robert Fisher: added in June 2002, $100,000 reward

Detailed information on top 10 most wanted fugitives by the FBI

10. Eugene Palmer: added in May 2019, $100,000 reward

Photo: FBI
Photo: FBI

Eugene K. Palmer (born April 4, 1939) is an American fugitive who was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on May 29, 2019. He is wanted for allegedly shooting and killing his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer, on September 24, 2012, in Stony Point, New York. Palmer was the 523rd fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his capture.

On the morning of Monday, September 24, 2012, Tammy walked her two children to catch the school bus. It is believed Eugene Palmer was hiding in the woods waiting to ambush her when she returned home. As Tammy walked back towards her home, Palmer allegedly began shooting at her with a shotgun from a distance. The first shot struck her in the arm, the second shot missed, but the third shot, delivered at close range, hit her in the chest and proved fatal. After the shooting, Palmer fled the scene in a pickup truck, which was later found abandoned near Harriman State Park in Rockland County. Palmer then fled into the park on foot. Police called in search dogs, which followed Palmer's scent to a campground in the woods. The scent was then lost, however. Despite multiple searches, no body or trace of Palmer has been found.

Family members of Palmer believed that he died in the park, but Haverstraw police said no body was ever found during multiple searches of the area. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Palmer on June 10, 2013. Palmer depends on medications for a heart condition and diabetes. He is described as an experienced hunter, fisher, hiker and outdoorsman, who is also a car enthusiast. He has a deformed left thumb. Authorities believe Palmer might be hiding in Florida or Upstate New York, where he has relatives.

9. Arnoldo Jimenez: added in May 2019, $100,000 reward

Photo: FBI
Photo: FBI

Arnoldo Jimenez (born February 19, 1982) is an American fugitive who was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on May 8, 2019. He is wanted for the May 2012 murder of his wife Estrella Carrera on the day after their wedding; she was found dead in a bathtub at her apartment in Burbank, Illinois. Jimenez was the 522nd fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his capture.

It is believed by the FBI that on the way home the couple got into a heated argument in Jimenez's black 2006 four-door Maserati. Jimenez then fatally stabbed Carrera multiple times in his car and dragged her body into her apartment. Carrera's body was dumped in the bathtub at her apartment, and she was still wearing the same silver dress she wore to her wedding.

Carrera was meant to pick up her children from family members on May 12, but she never showed up. Her family members then reported her missing to police. Her body was found inside her apartment on the afternoon of May 13. Police confirmed there was no sign of a forced entry. Jimenez had also disappeared and his car was nowhere to be found.

Three days later on May 15, Jimenez was charged with first degree murder and a state warrant was issued for his arrest. A federal warrant followed after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on May 17.

8. Rafael Caro-Quintero: added in April 2018, $20 million reward

Photo: LA Times
Photo: LA Times

Rafael Caro Quintero (born October 3, 1952) is a Mexican drug lord who co-founded the now-disintegrated Guadalajara Cartel with Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and other drug traffickers in the late 1970s. He is also the founder and current suspected leader of the newly formed Caborca Cartel based in Sonora. He is also the brother of fellow drug trafficker Miguel Caro Quintero, the founder and former leader of the defunct Sonora Cartel.

Having formed the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1970s, Caro Quintero worked with Gallardo, Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, and Pedro Avilés Pérez by shipping large quantities of marijuana to the United States from Mexico. He was responsible for the kidnapping of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, Camarena's pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar, the American writer John Clay Walker, and dentistry student Alberto Radelat in 1985. After the murders, Caro Quintero fled to Costa Rica but was later arrested and extradited back to Mexico, where he was sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder. Following his arrest, the Guadalajara Cartel disintegrated, and its leaders were incorporated into the Tijuana Cartel, Sinaloa Cartel, and Juárez Cartel.

Caro Quintero was freed from jail on August 9, 2013, after a state court concluded that he had been tried improperly. However, amid pressure from the United States' federal government to re-arrest him, a Mexican federal court issued an arrest warrant against Caro Quintero on August 14. Caro Quintero is still wanted for his previous affiliation with drug trafficking and involvement in the 1985 murders. He remains at large, as a wanted fugitive in Mexico, the United States, and several other countries. The United States is offering a $20 million bounty for his arrest, the highest such value of all fugitives currently listed in FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

Caro Quintero lost his final appeal to avoid extradition to the United States on March 27, 2021.

7. Alejandro Castillo: added in October 2017, $100,000 reward

Photo: WBTV
Photo: WBTV

Alejandro Rosales Castillo (born November 26, 1998) is an American fugitive who was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on October 24, 2017. He is wanted for the August 2016 murder of Truc Quan "Sandy" Ly Le in Charlotte, North Carolina. Castillo was the 516th fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his capture.

On August 9, 2016, Castillo texted Le saying that he would like to repay her the money she had previously loaned him. Le agreed to meet Castillo at a QuikTrip located on Eastway Drive in Charlotte. Castillo was picked up that afternoon by Feaster, who collected him in her red Dodge Caliber and took him to the meeting. Le was last seen alive at the QuikTrip where she agreed to meet Castillo. It is believed that instead of repaying her, Castillo forced Le to withdraw all the money from her bank account, possibly with a gun. According to Le's uncle, her bank statements showed that she withdrew $1,000 from an ATM. After this withdrawal there was no money left in her bank account. Investigators believe that Castillo then drove Le to a wooded area in Cabarrus County where he shot her once in the head, killing her. Her body was then dumped in a ravine. Castillo and Feaster then fled in Le's black 4-door 2003 Toyota Corolla.

After murdering Le, Castillo and Feaster drove from North Carolina to Phoenix, Arizona. They parked Le's car at a bus shelter in Phoenix where it was later found abandoned on August 15. Castillo and Feaster then made their way to Nogales, Arizona where they crossed the border into Mexico. Surveillance footage captured images of Castillo crossing the border into Mexico. He has not been seen since. Investigators believe that Castillo is still hiding in Mexico, possibly in the cities of San Francisco de los Romo or Pabellón de Arteaga in the state of Aguascalientes. He may also be hiding in the states of Guanajuato or Veracruz.

6. Santiago Villalba Mederos: added in September 2017, $100,000 reward

Photo: FBI
Photo: FBI

Santiago "Pucho" Villalba Mederos (born June 5, 1991) is a former American fugitive who was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on September 25, 2017. He was wanted for two murders in Washington in 2010. Mederos was the 515th fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The FBI offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his capture. He was captured in Tenancingo, Mexico, on June 5, 2020.

On February 7, 2010, Mederos and six other gang members from the ELS were out driving a stolen van through Tacoma, Washington in search for rival gang members. They were after the gang in retaliation for a shooting that had occurred two days earlier in which an ELS member was badly wounded. They came across 20-year-old Camille Love and her brother 19-year-old Josh Love. Camille was driving while Josh was sat in the passenger seat of the vehicle. They had just left a family dinner and were driving to a friend's house. The siblings were stopped at a traffic light and were inside a red car. Josh was wearing a red coat, and red was the color associated with the rival gang. Mistaking Josh for a rival gang member, Mederos and at least one other gang member opened fire into the vehicle. They fatally shot Camille and seriously wounded Josh. Josh was shot twice and was hit in the arm and on his side. Neither Josh or Camille were associated with any gang.

On March 25, 2010, Mederos and another gang member ransacked a car in an apparent robbery in a South Tacoma alley. They suspected the owner of the car owed the gang money. The duo then got into a fight with three other men who confronted them. Mederos shot at the group of people as he fled on foot and fatally shot 25-year-old Saul Lucas-Alfonso. Lucas-Alfonso again was not associated with any gang.

5. Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel: added in April 2017, $100,000 reward

Photo: FBI
Photo: FBI

Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel (born May 15, 1990) is an Indian fugitive wanted for killing his wife at a Dunkin' Donuts store in Hanover, Maryland, in the United States on April 12, 2015. He was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on April 18, 2017. Patel was the 514th fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was last seen at Pennsylvania Station near his hotel in Newark, New Jersey.

On the night of April 12, 2015, Patel and Palak were working a night shift at a Dunkin' Donuts in Hanover, Maryland. The store was owned by a relative of Patel whom the couple were visiting. Surveillance footage showed Palak and Patel walking together in the kitchen at around 9:30 p.m. before disappearing out of view behind some racks. Moments later, Patel re-emerged without his wife, turned off an oven, and left the store.

The body of 21-year-old Palak Patel was found later that night. She had been beaten to death and stabbed multiple times with a large kitchen knife. Investigators believe the couple had an argument, with Palak wanting to return to India and Patel wishing to remain in the U.S. instead.

4. Yaser Abdel Said: added in December 2014, $100,000 reward

Photo: NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Photo: NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Yaser Abdel Said (Arabic: ياسر عبد السيد‎; born January 27, 1957) is an Egyptian-American former taxi driver accused of murder. For 12 years, Said evaded arrest for the January 1, 2008 fatal shootings of his two daughters, Amina (18) and Sarah (17). Their bodies were found in his abandoned taxi cab in Irving, Texas on the property of the Omni Mandalay Hotel (now the Omni Las Colinas Hotel).

Said disappeared after the killings and remained a fugitive from law enforcement for 12 years, with six of those years being on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List for the fatal shootings. It is widely believed that Said killed his daughters as an honor killing.

Said, who was very controlling over his family, felt that his daughters Amina and Sarah dishonored the family by refusing to adhere to traditional Islamic cultural behavior. On January 1, 2008, he lured them into his taxi cab on the pretense of taking them out to eat, where it is alleged he fatally shot them.

Said was captured on August 26, 2020 without incident in the town of Justin, Texas. His son, Islam, and his brother, Yassein, were both arrested in Euless, Texas for aiding a fugitive. The FBI said Said is in federal custody and will soon be transferred to Dallas County. The Northern District of Texas will be the jurisdiction in which Said will be tried for "Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution."

3. Jason Derek Brown: added in December 2007, $200,000 reward

Photo: FBI
Photo: FBI

Jason Derek Brown (born July 1, 1969) is an American fugitive wanted for first degree murder and armed robbery in Phoenix, Arizona. On November 29, 2004, Brown allegedly shot and killed an armored car guard outside a movie theater and then fled with the money. On December 8, 2007, he was named by the FBI as the 489th fugitive to be placed on its Ten Most Wanted list. He is considered to be armed and extremely dangerous.

On November 29, 2004, Robert Keith Palomares, a 24-year-old armored car guard, was carrying the weekend deposits outside the AMC theater at 4915 E. Ray Road in Phoenix. At approximately 10 a.m., a hooded gunman ambushed and shot Palomares with a .45-caliber semiautomatic Glock. Five out of six bullets fired struck Palomares in the head. Although armed, Palomares had no time to defend himself. The gunman took a moneybag containing $56,000 in cash, ran into a nearby alley, and fled the scene on a bicycle. Palomares was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses initially described the shooter as being anywhere from 25 to 30 years old and Hispanic. However, authorities recovered the bicycle and lifted fingerprints from it that instead linked Brown to the ambush murder. Accordingly, he was soon considered the prime suspect in the case, and an arrest warrant was issued on December 4 by Maricopa County Superior Court charging Brown with first degree murder and armed robbery. Brown was later also charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in a federal arrest warrant issued on December 6 by the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Investigators have considered Brown's desperate financial situation as a possible motive.

2. Alexis Flores: added in June 2007, $100,000 reward

Photo: FBI
Photo: FBI

Alexis Flores (born July 18, 1975) is a Honduran fugitive, murderer and child rapist wanted for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of five-year-old Iriana DeJesus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2000. Flores is the 487th fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

n summer 2000, an itinerant homeless drifter known as "Carlos" (or "Carlo") had been given shelter, clothing and work as a handyman by Hunting Park, Philadelphia, resident Jorge Contreras. On August 3, five days after she had been reported missing, the body of five-year-old Iriana DeJesus was found in the basement of an empty apartment building where "Carlos" is believed to have stayed. She had been sexually assaulted, strangled and wrapped in a trash bag. A T-shirt bearing a distinct political logo was found near Iriana's body with her blood on it. When police questioned Contreras about the shirt, he recognized it as one of the articles of clothing he had lent to "Carlos," who had not been seen in the area since the girl was reported missing. "Carlos" then became wanted for questioning and a sketch of him was profiled on America's Most Wanted.

Alexis Flores, an illegal immigrant, was arrested for shoplifting in Arizona in 2002. Two years later, police came to Flores' residence in response to a noise complaint. After giving fraudulent identity documents to police, Flores was arrested for possession of a forgery device, a felony in Arizona. When he was arrested, Flores had a welcoming demeanor, was friendly, and cooperated with the Police during questioning. Upon entering his apartment for further investigation, officers noticed pornography spread out across the floors. Flores told immigration officials that he had lived in Schaumburg, Illinois, prior to living in Phoenix. He was incarcerated for 60 days and deported to Honduras after his release in June 2005.

1. Robert Fisher: added in June 2002, $100,000 reward

Photo: FBI
Photo: FBI

Robert William Fisher (born April 13, 1961) is an American fugitive wanted for allegedly killing his family and blowing up the house in which they lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, on April 10, 2001.

Fisher served in the United States Navy and later worked as a firefighter and in the medical field. He married Mary Fisher in 1987 and they had two children, Bobby and Brittney. The Fishers had a difficult family life. Robert Fisher was described as displaying cruel and controlling conduct towards his family, and on many occasions was reported to have exhibited disturbing and violent behaviors. His own parents had divorced when Fisher was 15, and this was believed to have played a role in the difficulties that he later experienced. On April 10, 2001, the family's home exploded. Inside, Fisher's wife and two children were found dead. Their throats had been slit and Mary had a bullet hole in the back of her head. Robert Fisher, along with Mary's car, was absent. Police named him as their only suspect in the killings. On April 20, Mary's car was discovered in a forest near Payson, Arizona. Robert Fisher's current whereabouts are unknown. On June 29, 2002, he was named by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the 475th fugitive to be placed on the list of FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.

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