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The Search for Kentucky's Most Wanted

By: Renee Charles Email
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We're on the hunt for Kentucky's "Most Wanted" suspects, people who should be behind bars, but aren't.

We have a toll free tip line set up for you to call with information on the fugitives you've seen. 1-800-500-1513 is the number to call.

The U.S. Marshals service for the eastern division of Kentucky caught more than 900 fugitives in 2006, but there are still lots more on the run.

Juan Naranjo was indicted in august of 2004 along with 12 others for trafficking cocaine, but he somehow got away.

"The information is that Naranjo fled the area before the warrant was issued and may have gone to Mexico. He may be traveling between Mexico and us has family in the bourbon and Nicholas county areas," Gordon Hotchkiss with the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force said.

Tareq Mauhamed was sent to federal prison in 2004 in West Virginia, but he never showed up to serve his sentence. He uses an alias of Tareq Shalash which makes it tougher for authorities.

"It's another name we have to watch when running things," Hotchkiss said.

Floyd Patton has quite the criminal history and he's actually wanted in two states.

"He's wanted by the Lexington P.D. for burglary and he's also wanted by the state of Indiana for probation violation. His original crimes include possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest," Hotchkiss said.

These people are considered dangerous and if you see them you should not try to handle things yourself.

"Do not approach them. Call 9-1-1 and let the police handle it," Hotchkiss said.

Artie Meyers is another one with a long record.

"Artie Myers has a criminal history that dates back to 1965," he said.

Some of these wanted fugitives may be out of the country or in another state. But there are many more who may be right in your back yard like Rondale McCann.

"He's wanted by the Lexington P.D. for trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, endangering the welfare of a minor. McCann may be Lexington, Winchester or Danville," Hotchkiss continued.

David Webb has a criminal history going back to 1982 with crimes that include burglary, escape and theft. He violated his parole and police can't find him. Webb may be in Lexington, Nicholasville or Danville.

There also are numerous people on the Kentucky State Police "Most Wanted" list and some of them have had national media coverage. Others you may recognize from local coverage.

Two people were featured on "America's Most Wanted" more than once. The U.S. Marshal's have been searching for Lee Ann Howard and Byron Perkins for a while now.

Their bizarre story doesn't end there. Perkins was released from jail in January last year. He was supposed to be going to the hospital to to see if he was a match to donate a kidney to his son. But he skipped town with his girlfriend instead and hasn't been seen since March of last year.

Clementino Perez and Germain Ramierez Bartolon are wanted for an alleged murder in bath county.

"It's believed they killed Donaldo Montes in April of 2005. They may be out of the country. Some of the people on the 'Most Wanted' list were actually in police custody but some how escaped," Major Lisa Rudzinski said.

Kenneth Cribb was being held at the Franklin County Detention Center and disappeared from work detail. James Elswic also escaped and is wanted for a burglary in Pendleton County in April 2006.

The criminals Fayette County Deputies are searching for are wanted for various crimes including assault

That is what William Clayton is wanted for. It happened near campus.

"The offense occurred in the UK area it started with an argument with someone known to him," Sheriff Kathy Witt said.

Gregory Black violated his probation. Sheriff Witt says that's like a slap in the face to the justice system.

"He was given a second chance...guess he didn't want it," she said.

Since we started promoting this 27 NewsFirst investigation, Kimberly Rogers has been caught. She was on the run after facing forgery and fraud charges.

Many of Fayette County's wanted criminals have a history of forgery and theft.

Randy Williams is wanted for theft by deception. That may not seem as serious to you as other crimes, but to Sheriff Kathy Witt each and every case is important because each and every case has a victim.

"Victims are important to us. Victims rights and having their day in court and their voices herd is important to us," Sheriff Witt said.

If you know any of these people or think you might know where they are, call our tip line at 1-800-500-1513 and let the authorities know. Your information might help us catch a wanted fugitive. The tip line is open tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.

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