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Fugitive Man: Hunting Violent Criminals for the FBI and Searching for Justice for the Innocent Convict

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.

Fugitive Man: Hunting Violent Criminals for the FBI and Searching for Justice for the Innocent Convict details his own story–his work as a New Jersey police officer and NCIS agent, and his twenty-two-year FBI career–looking at some of his more interesting cases along the way and giving us the chance to see inside the day-to-day workings of an agent’s life. As we read Cromwell’s story, we also come to understand why, despite the incredible good it does, the criminal justice system is not always just.

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.

Fugitive of the Week: Man believed to be with missing Hubbard teen

HUBBARD, Ohio (WYTV) – A reward is being offered for a 21-year-old believed to be with a teenage girl missing out of Hubbard.

Malik Williams, of Solon, is wanted by Hubbard police for sexual conduct with a minor and interference with custody.

He is described as a black man about 6’0″ tall and weighing 150 pounds.

Williams was last known to be driving a silver 2011 Infiniti SUV with Ohio license plate EZM6887.

He is believed to be with 15-year-old Madison Copley, of Hubbard.

Those with information are asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Tipline by calling 1-866-4WANTED or by texting keyword “WANTED” and tip to TIP411 (847411).

Tipsters may remain anonymous and reward money may be available.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Pearson, whose last-known address was in the 500 block of Kneedler Avenue in Phillipsburg is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

The prosecutor’s office asks anyone with information about Pearson to contact investigators via a tip line at 908-475-6643, the fugitive unit at 908-475-6272 or via fugitive@co.warren.nj.us.

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Hicks, last known to frequent the Allentown areas, is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

The sheriff’s department asks anyone with information about Hicks to call Sgt. Michael Orchulli at 610-829-6520.

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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. 

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