Here are the country’s most wanted fugitives and the crimes they are accused of committing

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Apr. 16 2021, Published 1:54 p.m. ET

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Their crimes include murder and rape, but they have evaded police so far — some for more than 40 years. 

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These are the men the U.S. Marshals consider the agency’s most wanted. They are fugitives who have escaped capture, despite the large rewards being offered for their arrest. 

Here are their names and the crimes they are accused of committing. 

RAYMOND ABBOTT-BAERGA

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U.S. Marshals placed Raymond Abbott-Baerga on their list after he escaped from a prison in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, on July 3, 1992.

Going by the alias “Robo-Cop,” Baerga smuggled automatic rifles, such as the AR-15, from Orlando to sell them in Puerto Rico. Baerga’s customers were typically gangsters and cartel members in Puerto Rico, according to U.S. Marshals

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In February 1992, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency arrested Baerga, and seized several guns during a search warrant of Baerga’s belongings, according to U.S. Marshals. At the time of arrest, Baerga prepared to travel from Miami to Puerto Rico to sell the weapons. 

After pleading guilty to smuggling illegal weapons in April 1992, Baerga escaped from a maximum-security prison before receiving his sentence. The U.S. Marshals consider Baerga highly dangerous, so civilians should take caution if they spot him. 

U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to Baerga’s arrest. 

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DAVID BONNESS

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U.S. Marshals put David Bonness on their list in connection to the sexual assault of a minor and fleeing arrest. According to U.S. Marshals, Bonness’ charges include two counts of pedophilia, seven counts of second-degree rape, three counts of third-degree rape, four counts of fourth-degree rape and sexual contact with a child under 16.

In December 2008, a 17-year-old girl reported Bonness to police, revealing that Bonness had been sexually assaulting her since she was 12 years old. After the report, police reached out to Bonness for questioning. Once police asked Bonness for a DNA sample, Bonness declined and asked to leave the interview. The following day, police received a search warrant to get Bonness’s DNA, but he had already fled the area, according to U.S. Marshals.

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The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Bonness, with the US Marshal’s Black Hills Fugitive Task Force in Rapid City, South Dakota, later joining in on the search.

U.S. Marshals offer a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to Bonness’s capture and arrest. 

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ANTHONY SETH BURROUGHS

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Anthony Seth Burroughs has been on the run from federal authorities since his alleged involvement in the murder of 19-year-old Juan Ruben Rodriguez. On April 30, 2000, Burroughs fatally shot Rodriguez at a house party, officials said. Within the first 24 hours of the murder, Burroughs fled the county to evade police, according to the U.S. Marshals.

Sixteen years later, U.S. Marshals added Burroughs to their most wanted list with a reward of up to $25,000 for his arrest. 

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JOSE BUSTOS-DIAZ

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U.S. Marshals placed convicted murderer Jose Bustos-Diaz on their most wanted list after escaping from prison in 2010. 

Bustos-Diaz pled guilty in 2005 to the murder of a woman who he stabbed multiple times. Authorities later found the victim’s body badly beaten from the attack. A Texas court sentenced him to 35 years for the murder. On April 6, 2010, Bustos-Diaz and Octavio Ramos-Lopez, a fellow inmate, escaped prison by going through a hole in the fence.

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Police issued arrest warrants for Bustos-Diaz and Ramos-Lopez, leading to the involvement of the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Task Force, according to U.S. Marshals

U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for Bustos-Diaz’s capture. 

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LARRY PORTER CHISM

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The U.S. Marshals added Larry Porter Chism to the list for escaping the Lonoke County Jail in December 1978. 

At the time of his escape, Chism served a 40-year prison sentence plus an additional 30 years for several charges, including the attempted murder of a correctional officer. During his first attempt to escape from jail, Chism shot and killed a correctional officer after telling him he was taking too long in the bathroom, according to U.S. Marshals.

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On Feb. 11, 1988, police issued a warrant for capture, but Chism created several aliases to stay under the radar from federal authorities for nearly 40 years.

U.S. Marshals offer a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who has information that leads to Chism’s arrest.

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DAVID BENJAMIN CREAMER

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On April 14, 2000, U.S. Marshals added David Benjamin Creamer to their list due to Creamer violating the terms of his pretrial release. 

Creamer’s criminal investigation began in 1993 due to his alleged involvement in the sales and distribution of child pornography, bestiality, obscenity via CD-ROMs. 

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In June 1997, a jury indicted Creamer for 23 counts relating to the distribution of child pornography, firearms violations, money laundering, income tax evasion and transportation of obscene materials. 

Creamer made bail, and a court granted his release within the same month. A court set Creamer’s trial date for March 1998, but Creamer did not make an appearance to pretrial services in December 1997, according to U.S. Marshals. Authorities have been searching for Creamer since his absence at the pretrial.

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LESTER EUBANKS

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Police arrested Lester Eubanks in connection to the murder of 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener. In 1966, a court sentenced Eubanks to death, with the sentencing later being changed to life in prison in 1972.

In December 1973, during an honor assignment in which prison officials allowed Eubanks to leave prison, he escaped. When the inmates returned to their drop-off location, Eubanks was nowhere to be found, according to U.S. Marshals. The search for Eubanks began immediately.

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In October 2020, the Netflix series “Unsolved Mysteries” featured the case, bringing more attention to the fugitive. 

Last year, U.S. Marshals increased the reward for Eubank’s arrest from $25,000 to $50,000.

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DANIEL WILLIAM HIERS, JR.

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On June 27, 2005, U.S. Marshals added Daniel William Hiers, Jr., a former cop, to their most wanted list due to his failure to surrender to charges of an alleged murder.

On Nov. 24, 2004, the North Charleston Police Department arrested Hiers on charges relating to committing sexual acts on a minor. Hiers made bond after the arrest and was released from jail. Once police charged Hiers, they suspended him from the force. 

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Police then filed additional charges, and when Hiers didn’t show to surrender on March 15, 2005, police went on a manhunt to find him. Once police arrived at his home, they found the body of Ludmila Hiers, his wife, according to U.S. Marshals. Police obtained an arrest warrant for Hiers for the alleged murder on March 31, 2005. 

Authorities have not yet found any traces of Hiers since his escape. 

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ROBERT LEE KING

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U.S. Marshals want Robert Lee King for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Dorothy Smith, and the attempted murder of her daughter, Diana.

On Dec. 1, 2005, police said King attacked Dorothy and Diana with sharp objects, leading to Dorothy’s death and Diana suffering from severe injuries. After the attack, King fled the premises and has not been seen since, according to the U.S. Marshals.

U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to King’s arrest. 

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FREDERICK MCLEAN

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Considered by the San Diego Fugitive Task Force to be a dangerous sex offender, authorities are looking for Frederick McLean for charges in connection to sexual acts with minors. 

In January 2005, the San Diego Superior Court charged McLean with four counts of child molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, according to U.S. Marshals. Once receiving the charges, McLean fled the city and is now a part of the U.S. Marshals’ most wanted list. 

McLean is known for manipulating his victims to take advantage of them and then forcing sexual acts on them. Due to his crimes against children, authorities deem him dangerous to the public. 

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RAYMOND SAMUEL “RJ” MCLEOD JR.

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In April 2021, U.S. Marshals added Raymond Samuel “RJ” McLoed Jr. to the list, with a reward of up to $50,000 for any information leading to his capture, making him the first fugitive to have a reward start that high. 

On June 10, 2016, police received a call for a woman who was having trouble breathing. Once on the scene, they found Krystal Mitchell, McLeod’s girlfriend, struggling to breathe due to the fugitive’s alleged attack on her, according to U.S. Marshals. The San Diego District Attorney’s office issued an arrest warrant for McLeod.  

Police asked U.S. Marshals to join the chase for McLeod in December 2016. McLeod may be in Mexico or Central America, investigators claim. 

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JOHN PANALIGAN

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In 2020, U.S. Marshals added John Panaligan to their most wanted list for the suspected murder of Victor Jigar Patel and his escape from arrest. 

Posing under an alias and wearing a disguise, Panaligan murdered Patel in his office on Dec. 7, 2016, police said. At the time of the murder, Patel was representing individuals suing Panaligan in a civil case. Several days after the murder, police arrested Panaligan for allegedly smuggling illegal weapons into Canada, according to U.S. Marshals. Once police brought Panaligan back to the United States, they questioned him about Patel’s murder.

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After the interview, police obtained several search warrants of Panaligan’s property, leading to police naming him the probable suspect. By the time police named him, Panaligan had already fled.

On Feb. 8, 2017, police announced an arrest warrant for Panaligan for the first-degree murder of Patel. 

U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Task Force took over the investigation on Panaligan and are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest. 

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JOHN RUFFO

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John Ruffo became a part of U.S. Marshals’ most wanted list in 2020 after his involvement in one of the biggest bank schemes in United States history in the late 1990s. 

In 1998, a court sentenced Ruffo to 17 ½ years in prison for the $350 million bank fraud scheme, according to U.S. Marshals. The court released Ruffo when he made the $10 million bond, but ordered him to return to prison on Nov. 9, 1998, to begin serving his term. However, Ruffo never appeared, leading to police to issue a warrant for his arrest.

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The last known trace of Ruffo is a surveillance photo of him at an ATM, in which he withdrew money on his way to JFK Airport.

U.S. Marshals offer a reward of up to $25,000 for anyone that has vital information leading to Ruffo’s arrest. 

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