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FBI Launches New Cell Phone App to Help Identify Fugitives, Missing People

FBI cell phone app, via FBI.

FBI cell phone app, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has launched a new cell phone app, called FBI Wanted, that allows the public to view and search for fugitives, missing people and crime suspects, Homeland Preparedness News reports.

“Since the earliest days of the Bureau, when wanted flyers were tacked to post office walls, the public has played a vital role in helping the FBI and its partners locate criminals on the run and solving cases of all kinds,” Christopher Allen, FBI’s head of Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit, said. “This app is designed to put another digital tool in the hands of concerned citizens so they can help protect their families and communities.”

The public also may use the app to report suspicious activity.

“Thousands of cases have been solved over the years thanks to the watchful eyes of concerned citizens, and that has made the country a safer place for all of us,” Allen said. “The FBI Wanted app will help carry on this tradition of partnership. We encourage everyone to download it and report any pertinent tips to the FBI.”

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FBI Adds 2 Suspected Murderers to Top 10 Most Wanted List

Luis Macedo (left) and Philip Patrick Policarpio.

Luis Macedo (left) and Philip Patrick Policarpio.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has added two men suspected in brutal murders to the bureau’s most wanted list on Thursday.

One is Luis Macedo, a gang leader on the run from a first-degree murder after 15-year-old Alex Arellano was beaten with bats, shot and set on fire for not showing a gang sign, NBC News reports.

Authorities believe he has fled to Florida or Mexico.

The second fugitive is Philip Patrick Policarpio, who is charged with murdering his pregnant girlfriend in Los Angeles on April 12.

Policarpio is accused of killing Lauren Olguin, who was 17 weeks pregnant.

“His pattern is one of violence, and he is always armed. He is the definition of a continuing threat to the community,” FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola said in a statement.

The FBI is offering up to $100,000 for information that leads to either fugitive’s arrest.

The FBI’s Wildly Successful Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List Was Hatched 60 Years Ago

He became a familar fixture on the list.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the FBI’s famous and wildly successful Ten Most Wanted Fugitive program, which has helped capture hundreds of suspects since its inception.

The Imperial Valley News reports that the program’s roots reach back to 1949, when a reporter for the International News Service wrote a story based on his request for a list of the FBI’s “toughest guys.” The FBI handed hi ma list of 10 fugitives, and the story was a sensation.

On March 14, 1950, then-Director J. Edgar Hoover created the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program.

Since then, 473 of the 503 ho appeared on the list were apprehended to located.

Imperial Valley News wrote:

As the nature of crime and FBI priorities has evolved over the years, the makeup of the Top Ten list has also changed. While the list began by featuring bank robbers and murder suspects fleeing state jurisdiction, it has evolved into a tool to search for major organized crime figures, cyber criminals, child predators, and white-collar criminals. The list also reflects the international scope of crime which emphasizes the importance of strong global partnerships in the search for violent criminals who know no boundaries and pose a significant danger to all.

For more on the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program, visit the FBI’s website at www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten.

Suspected Cop Shooter Eric Frein Is Added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s newest addition to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list is Eric Matthew Frein, who is the lone suspect in the delay ambush of two Pennsylvania state troopers, the Huffington Post reports.

The FBI said it’s not messing around.

“When law enforcement officers are violently targeted, we take it seriously — and personally,” Edward J. Hanko, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, said Thursday in a press release.

The ambush of Alex Douglass and Byron Dickson happened at 10:50 p.m. during a shift change. Dickson was killed, and Douglass remains hospitalized.

The 31-year-old suspect was charged Tuesday with homicide of a law enforcement officer.

Authorities warned that Frein is a weapons enthusiast and survivalist.

“All of law-enforcement is committed to apprehending Frein, and we are dedicated to making sure that the danger to the public ends with his arrest,” Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said Thursday.

Fox Cancels America’s Most Wanted — Show That Helped the FBI and Other Agencies For More than 2 Decades

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Fox show “America’s Most Wanted”, which aired for 23 years,  and helped capture some of the most dangerous fugitives wanted by the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies, is being cancelled.

The Associated Press reported Monday that the show, hosted by  John Walsh, attracted about 5 million viewers, and claimed  it had  helped nab 1,151 fugitives worldwide.

But Kevin Reilly of Fox Entertainment Kevin said the show was too expensive and had not been making money for a while, AP reported.

Angeline Hartmann, a correspondent for the show, told ticklethewire.com on Monday:

“I can tell you that the news today came as a devastating blow to all of us at AMW.

Angeline Hartmann

“For every one of us, this is not a job but a passion that dictates our lives. We feel privileged to work so closely with law enforcement and we consider it an honor to help victims seeking closure and justice.”

“We helped capture more than 1150 fugitives and recovered dozens of missing children. The feedback we’ve been getting all day has been a resounding “Why?” and “How on earth…?”

“We don’t have the answers and I feel saddest for crime victims and their families.”

John Walsh told AP: “I was quite surprised. We performed hard for you and we had a good year. We caught more guys than we’ve ever caught.”

John Walsh

Walsh told AP he was going to talk to other outlets about airing the show.

Deputy U.S. Marshals Increasingly Being Put in Harms Way


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Marshals Service has becoming increasingly involved in apprehending local and federal officials, which may explain in part why its deputies are increasingly being put in harms way, the website Talking Points Memo suggests.

In the past several weeks, two deputy U.S. marshals have been shot and killed during confrontations with wanted felons.

“The USMS has seven Fugitive Apprehension Task Forces around the country and another 75 Violent Offender Task Forces run by various regional USMS offices,” Ryan Reilly of Talking Points Memo reports.

“And the volume of state and local fugitives apprehended or cleared by the Marshals Service through a decade-old initiative has surged from just 15,412 in 2004 to 34,015 in 2007 and 73,915 in 2008. The number peaked at 101,910 in 2009 (likely due to apprehension and Fugitive Safe Surrender programs funded by stimulus funds) then dropped in 2010, when the agency captured or cleared 52,519 violent state and local felony fugitives. The USMS is planning to apprehend or clear 52,000 state and local felony fugitives in 2012.”

The website reported that up until a few weeks ago, the last deputy U.S. Marshal killed  in the line of duty was at Ruby Ridge in 1992.

Last week, deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry in St. Louis was shot and killed while trying to arrest someone. And last month, deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller was killed in West Virginia.