For some individuals, living on the edge may mean evading capture from federal authorities for their horrendous crimes. Despite their names and faces being plastered on flyers, televisions, and social media, many of these criminals have been on the run for decades.
Many of those who have spent decades on the lam find themselves on the FBI “10 Most Wanted” list. Here are the men currently on the list and the crimes police say they committed.
Rafael Caro-Quintero is a Sinaloa Cartel leader wanted by the FBI for charges including aid in racketeering, conspiracy to commit violent crimes in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to kidnap a federal agent, felony murder of a federal agent, aiding and abetting and accessory after the fact. In 1985, Caro-Quintero allegedly took part in the kidnapping and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
Caro-Quintero holds the title for the most significant reward from the ten fugitives on FBI’s Most Wanted list. The FBI offers a hefty $20 million reward to any individual who has vital information on his location.
ROBERT WILLIAM FISHER
Robert William Fisher is responsible for his two children and wife’s deaths and the explosion that destroyed their home on April 10, 2001, in Scottsdale, Arizona, officials say. Before he fled, Fisher had slit the throats of his wife, Mary Fisher, and two kids, Brittney Fisher, and Robert “Bobby” William Fisher.
Police deemed Fisher a suspect when his body was absent from the rubble, as well as the family's car and dog being missing.
In 2002, the FBI added Fisher to the Ten Most Wanted list. The FBI offers a reward of $100,000 to anyone who has vital information that can lead to Fisher’s capture.
BHADRESHKUMAR CHETANBHAI PATEL
The FBI is on the hunt to find Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, who is wanted for allegedly murdering his wife. In April 2015, Patel, a newlywed, killed his wife, Palak Patel, in Hanover, Maryland. The murder occurred at a Dunkin Donuts, which both of the newlyweds worked.
Patel struck Palak several times with an object during a shift at the restaurant, according to police.
Local police initially issued a warrant for his arrest, with a federal warrant coming several days later. Patel’s charges include first-degree and second-degree murder, first-degree and second-degree assault, and dangerous weapons with intent to injure. The FBI is offering a reward of $100,000 for his capture.
JASON DEREK BROWN
In November 2004, fugitive Jason Derek Brown shot and killed an armored-car guard outside of a movie theater after committing robbery in Phoenix, Arizona, according to the FBI. After the killing, Brown took off with the stolen funds.
Police charged him with unlawful flight counts to avoid prosecution, first-degree murder and armed robbery. Brown has ties to Utah and Arizona and has previously traveled to France and Mexico.
The FBI offers a reward of $200,000 for information leading to Brown’s arrest.
ALEJANDRO ROSALES CASTILLO
Alejandro Rosales Castillo is on the run for his involvement in the murder of his ex-girlfriend back in 2016, according to police. At 17 years old, Castillo killed his ex-girlfriend, Truc Quan “Sandy” Ly Le, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
After being missing for a week, police found Le’s body and said Castillo shot her twice. The investigation included another suspect, Ahmia Feaster, who was dating Castillo at the time. Feaster turned herself in to police a few months later, but Castillo is still evading police.
Surveillance video from August 2016 shows Castillo and Feaster crossing the border from Arizona to Mexico. The FBI offers a $100,000 reward for his arrest.
YASER ABEL SAID
The FBI placed Yaser Abel Said on the list for the alleged honor killings of his two daughters, Amina Yaser Said, 18, and Sarah Yaser Said, 17.
On January 1, 2008, police found the teenagers dead from multiple gunshot wounds from Yaser. Yaser, a taxi driver, drove the girls to Irving, Texas, and shot them inside the vehicle. For 12 years, Yaser was on the run, being put on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List in 2014, with a reward of $100,000 for his capture.
In August 2020, police arrested Yaser in Justin, Texas, on multiple unlawful flights to avoid prosecution for capital murder. As of January 2021, Said’s son, Islam Yaser-Abel Said pleaded guilty to several charges of helping Said evade capture. Islam hid Yaser for several years, with him almost being caught in 2017 after a maintenance worker recognized him.
Despite being captured, Yaser remains on the Most Wanted list as of early March.
The FBI is searching for Alexis Flores for his alleged kidnapping and murder of a 5-year-old girl in Philadelphia. Local police reported the young girl missing in July 2000, and then found her body a month later. Her presumed cause of death was strangulation.
The FBI offers a $100,000 reward for any information leading to Alexis Flores’ capture.
The FBI placed Arnoldo Jimenez on the list after they say he killed his bride, who he was only married to for less than 24 hours. On the morning of May 12, 2012, Jimenez stabbed his wife, Estrella Carerra, the day after their wedding. After the murder, Jimenez moved Carerra’s body to her apartment’s bathtub, where police found Carrera still donning her wedding reception dress.
Faced with unlawful flight charges to avoid prosecution and first-degree murder, Jimenez fled. The FBI is offering a reward of $100,000 for any information that can lead to Jimenez’s arrest.
JOSE RODOLFO VILLARREAL-HERNANDEZ
FBI agents put Jose Rodolfo Villarreal-Hernandez on their Most Wanted List due to his alleged involvement in the murder of a defense attorney in Southlake, Texas. Villarreal-Hernandez is part of the Beltran-Lebya Organization Drug Cartel as a high-ranking member.
Villarreal-Hernandez organized a hit on a Mexican defense attorney Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa. On May 22, 2013, the murder-for-hire occurred when a hitmen shot Chapa to death in the Southlake suburbs.
The police connected Villarreal-Hernandez to the crime after the hitman named him who ordered the hit during their trial. FBI is charging with interstate stalking and conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire.
The FBI is offering a $1 million reward for any information leading to Villarreal-Hernandez’s capture.
The FBI is searching for Eugene Palmer as the suspect in the murder of his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer, in 2012. Palmer shot and killed Tammy outside of her home in Stony Point, New York, police say. The oldest fugitive on the list, 81-year-old Palmer, is charged with first-degree murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Deemed armed and dangerous by the FBI, a $100,000 reward is being offered to find and arrest Palmer.