June 17, 2013
Ronald Hosko

Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI Criminal Investigative Division, announces two new names to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. (Newseum/Brendan O'Hara)

FBI Reaches Milestone with 'Most Wanted' List

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the 499th and 500th additions to its famous Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list at a morning press conference June 17 at the Newseum. Within 48 hours of the press conference, the FBI captured the 500th suspect in the resort city of Playa de Carmen in Mexico.

Walter Lee Williams was apprehended at a coffee shop late Tuesday and was turned over to Mexican immigration officials in Cancun. He was wanted for sexual exploitation of children, travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, and criminal forfeiture.

At the June 17 press conference, Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI Criminal Investigative Division, also revealed the 499th fugitive as Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara, who is wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary. 

Michael Kortan, assistant director of the FBI Office of Public Affairs, cited the Newseum as a "valued partner" since the opening in 2008 of the museum's popular "G-Men and Journalists" exhibit. The exhibit includes the first Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, interactive displays and more than 200 artifacts that aim to educate the public about the relationship between the press and law enforcement.

J. Edgar Hoover implemented the list in 1950 after The Washington Daily News ran a front-page story by James Donovan with photos and descriptions of the 10 most wanted fugitives in the United States. In the 63-year history of the program, 470 of the suspects on the list have been apprehended; 155 of those captured were a direct result of public tips and assistance.

"You behind a camera, or another recording device, or folks listening at home, you all play a critical role in us achieving justice," said Hosko.

The FBI asks that anyone with information on any of the suspects on the list contact 1-800-CALLFBI.

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