We’ve all seen how the criminal justice system is portrayed on TV. From NCIS and Law & Order to White Collar and Cops, we’re led to believe that we know how the system works. But how much do we really know about what goes on?
Author Robert Cromwell has actually been there, behind the lines, searching for truth and justice–and finding that they are not always easily connected.
Robert Cromwell retired as an FBI Special Agent in Charge following a distinguished twenty-two-year career. More than half his FBI career involved investigations within the FBI’s Violent Crime Program and he was recognized by the FBI Director as one of the FBI’s most successful fugitive hunters. Prior to joining the FBI, Cromwell served as a New Jersey police officer and a Special Agent with NCIS, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Following retirement, Cromwell became part owner of the Police Community Net, an online learning center for law enforcement, featuring nationally recognized subject matter experts providing online courses in law enforcement subjects. He also serves on the Board of the Innocence Project of Florida, working to exonerate innocent people wrongfully sent to prison, and is currently Board Chairman.
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A fugitive on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List who was arrested earlier this month in Virginia made his first federal court appearance Wednesday linked to a 2011 gang-related murder in Plainfield.
Walter Yovany-Gomez, also known as Cholo was indicted in September 2013 by a Newark grand jury on murder in aid of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder charges from an indictments that named 14 alleged members of Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha, a New Jersey branch of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) transnational gang, according to Acting
CONCORD — This week’s New Hampshire Fugitive of the Week is a man last known to be living in Rochester who is wanted on bail violations after being released on burglary, credit card fraud and drug charges, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service in Concord.
Adam Walter Searles, 28, who also goes by the alias Gary Searles, was last known to be living in Rochester, where he has ties to family, friends and associates throughout the area, according the Marshals Service.
The District of New Hampshire — New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force has been requested to assist in the location and arrest of Searles, who is a fugitive out of Strafford County. Authorities in Strafford County issued a warrant for Searles’s arrest on May 9.
Searles is described as a white man, 5 feet, 2 inches tall and 145 pounds with brown eyes
The recent capture of an MS-13 gang member who entered the country illegally and is listed as one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives helped reveal that more than half of the most-wanted fugitive murder suspects are from countries other than the U.S.
Out of the 68 wanted murder suspects listed by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, 37 were born outside of the U.S. The lists includes 23 murder suspects from Mexico, five from Central American countries, and two others who are believed to be from El Salvador but available records do not provide a conclusive answer. One of the fugitive foreign nationals is wanted for the horrific murder of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.
The MS-13 gang member was identified by the FBI as Walter Yovany Gomez, an illegal alien from Honduras who was wanted on murder charges for the death of another MS-13 gang member
Decades after Glen Stewart Godwin’s escape from Folsom State Prison, the FBI is still looking for the convicted murderer who until last spring was on the agency’s Ten Most Wanted list.
Godwin served just a fraction of his murder sentence before he sneaked out of prison through a storm drain in 1987. Godwin was apprehended less than two years later in Mexico for drug and weapons offenses but escaped before he could be sent back to the U.S. for his crimes.
Godwin ended up in Folsom’s prison after receiving 25 years to life in prison for stabbing a man 26 times and then using fuel oil, nitrogen fertilizer and dynamite to blow up the body in Riverside County. After trying to escape from his initial correctional facility in Tracy, Godwin was moved to Folsom, where he merited high-security “Maximum A” housing.
The FBI is offering an award for information that will lead them to a former Franklin Marshall College swim coach who has been on the run since 1998.
Lorrie John Trites, 53, is accused of secretly videotaping young women undressing in a locker room between December of 1997 and February of 1998 while he was the head swimming coach at the college. He was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List after he disappeared following the allegations.
Trites allegedly took video and voice recordings of several young women as they changed their clothing in the ladies locker room of the college’s aquatic center.
An arrest warrant was issued on March 10, 1998 that charged Trites with six counts of violating the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act. He was then additionally charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in a federal arrest warrant, which was issued in April of 1999, the FBI said.