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FBI 'Most Wanted' list reaches milestone

Date: June 18, 2013

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With the addition of names and photos of men wanted for alleged murder, rape and child predation, the FBI’s renowned “Ten Most Wanted” list has reached the milestone of adding its 499th and 500th names, a release by the law agency says.

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Agency mounts electronic billboard campaign in southern-tier states

With the addition of names and photos of men wanted for alleged murder, rape and child predation, the FBI’s renowned “Ten Most Wanted” list has reached the milestone of adding its 499th and 500th names, a release by the law agency says.

One of the men sought, Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara, alias “Pelón,” the alleged murderer and rapist and No. 500 on the list, also is the first person to be featured on a new series of electronic billboards the agency hopes will bring the men sought to the attention of the everyday public. That, it is hoped, will lead to tips that will lead to apprehension of the suspects and justice.

“Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara allegedly murdered a 26-year-old woman in the presence of her 4-year-old stepson in Lake Charles, in 2008,” a release from the FBI says. “Guevara and the victim lived in the same mobile home park. Guevara allegedly broke into the victim’s home, raped her, and brutally stabbed her to death.”

Calcasieu Parish’s 14th Judicial District Court charged Guevara with second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest in April 2008. A federal arrest warrant was issued in October 2009 after Guevara was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

The other man sought, No. 499, is Walter Lee Williams, a former university professor wanted for the alleged sexual exploitation of children. A federal arrest warrant was issued for him in April.

Guevara is a white Hispanic, about 5 feet 7 inches tall weighing 160 to 180 pounds with black or dark brown hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of the letter J on his shoulder. Often employed as a laborer, he was born Feb. 11, 1988, in Mexico, where he is believed to have fled, though he may be in the United States using false documentation.
As the newest additions to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, the FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of either of the men.

Digital billboards throughout the state are being utilized free-of-charge by the FBI to alert people of Guevara and future additions to the “Most Wanted” list. The billboards are up in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas as well.

Since 2007, the Outdoor Advertising Association of America has helped authorities find dangerous fugitives by donating billboard space. The Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list has included notorious criminals such as bank robber Willie Sutton, serial killer Ted Bundy, Centennial Park bomber Eric Rudolph and terrorist Osama bin Laden. Established in March 1950, it has helped lead to the capture of 469 fugitives, 155 of them as a result of tips.

 

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