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Heartland Fugitive Caught in Mexico

Heartland Fugitive Caught in Mexico

Sikeston, MO -- A Sikeston fugitive who's been evading police for seven years, after admitting to killing his wife, now sits behind bars.

Richard Yang pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree murder in Scott County back in 1998.  Yang posted bond and before he was sentenced, he disappeared.

Police say Yang confessed to stabbing his wife Louise to death after an argument.  He then called police and was arrested at his Sikeston home.  Police say Yang was also stabbed.

After he fled local, state and federal police launched a nationwide manhunt.  FBI investigators say, Yang was recently spotted in Mexico, where he was arrested Friday.

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FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives

Source:  FBI

FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives Program Facts
  • One hundred and forty-seven of the "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" apprehensions have resulted from citizens recognition of fugitives through this publicity program.
  • The FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" Program was founded on March 14, 1950, by the FBI in association with the Nation's news media.
  • The FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" Program started when a newspaper story in late 1949 led to the creation of the list. A reporter for the International News Service (the predecessor of the United Press International) asked the FBI for the names and descriptions of the "toughest guys" the FBI would like to capture. The story had so much appeal and generated so much positive publicity that former Director J. Edgar Hoover implemented the "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" Program.
  • "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" are only removed from the list when they meet one of the following conditions.

    • First, they are captured.
    • Second, the charges are dropped against them--this is not an FBI decision.
    • Third, they no longer fit "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" criteria.  In the five cases where fugitives were removed for the third reason, it was determined that each fugitive was no longer considered to be a "particularly dangerous menace to society." When a fugitive is removed from the list, another is added to take his or her place.
  • As of March17, 2005, there have been 480 fugitives on the "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list. Four hundred and fifty individuals appearing on the list have been located, 147 of them as a direct result of citizen cooperation. Process was dismissed against 15 of the individuals placed on the list, and this number is not included in the total captured. Five fugitives were removed from the "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list because they no longer fit "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" criteria in some manner.

Source:  FBI

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