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Phoenix Murder Fugitive Added to FBI’s List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives

Washington, D.C. December 08, 2007
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

A fugitive from Phoenix, wanted for the November 29, 2004, murder and robbery of an armored car guard, has been added to the FBI’s List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.

Jason Derek Brown allegedly encountered the guard, Robert Keith Palomares, who was exiting a Phoenix movie theater with more than $56,000 in cash. Brown fired six rounds from a .45 caliber handgun at close range, striking Palomares at least five times in the head. Brown grabbed the guard’s money bag and fled on a mountain bike through an adjacent alley. The victim died at the scene.

On December 4, 2004, an Arizona state arrest warrant was issued by the Superior Court of the state of Arizona, County of Maricopa, charging Jason Derek Brown with first degree murder and armed robbery. Two days later, Brown was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in a federal arrest warrant, issued by the United States District Court, District of Arizona.

"This is a case we feel is of the magnitude to meet Top Ten status,” said Special Agent in Charge John E. Lewis. “The subject, Jason Derek Brown, violently took the life of a young father doing his job. This subject deserves to be brought to justice.”

Jason Derek Brown is described as a White male, 38 years old, 5’10, 170 to 180 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes. He speaks fluent French and has a master’s degree in International Business, which enables him to assimilate into a foreign community. He is an avid golfer, snowboarder, skier, and dirt biker. Brown enjoys being the center of attention and is known to frequent nightclubs and show off his high-priced vehicles, boats, and other toys. He has been described as possibly having bisexual tendencies, and has a history of using false identifications. He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Jason Derek Brown is the 489th person to be placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, which was established in March of 1950. Since then, 458 fugitives have been apprehended or located, 150 of them as a result of citizen cooperation. Brown replaces Diego Leon Montoya Sanchez, who was captured on September 10, 2007.

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for any information leading directly to the arrest of Jason Derek Brown. Individuals with information concerning Brown should take no action themselves, but instead immediately contact the nearest office of the FBI or local law enforcement agency. For any possible sighting outside the United States, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Additional information concerning Brown and the FBI’s List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives can be found by visiting www.fbi.gov.