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Portland Top Tenners

Portland Top Tenners

Over the years, the Portland Division has had a number of fugitives on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, including three of the first men added:

holden#1 – Thomas James Holden was the first person placed on the list for fleeing Chicago after he was charged with killing his wife and her brothers. FBI agents arrested him in Beaverton, Oregon a few weeks later.

pinson#6 - Omar August Pinson escaped from the Oregon State Penitentiary in May 1949 while serving a life sentence for killing an Oregon state trooper. He was re-captured in South Dakota about a year-and-a-half later.

jackson#7 – Orba Elmer Jackson walked away from a Kansas prison in 1947 while serving time for assault and armed robbery. He was placed on the Top Ten list in March 1950, and FBI agents arrested him two days later when a citizen identified him after reading a story in the Portland Oregonian.

Other Top Ten Notables:

butler#42 – Lawson David Shirk Butler was placed on the list on January 22, 1953 and arrested on April 21, 1953 in Los Angeles. Charge: Unlawful flight to avoid confinement for assault and armed robbery out of Salem, Oregon.

thurston#110 – David Lynn Thurston was placed on the list January 8, 1959 and captured on February 6, 1959 in New York City after attempting to rob a restaurant in the Broadway district. He was caught by police after a chase through theater crowds in the street. Charge: Unlawful flight to avoid confinement for assault and armed robbery out of Portland.

hunt#114 – Richard Allen Hunt was placed on the list on May 27, 1959 and captured on June 2, 1959 in Thermopolis, Wyoming after a citizen recognized his picture from a wanted poster. Charge: Unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for kidnapping and assault with intent to commit murder out of Brownsville, Oregon.

fitzgerald#136 – Stanley William Fitzgerald was placed on the list on September 20, 1960 and arrested September 22, 1960 in Portland after a citizen recognized his picture in the newspaper. Charge: Unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for murder, robbery, and assault out of Portland.

marquette#154 – Richard Laurence Marquette was placed on the list on June 29, 1961 and captured by FBI agents in June 30, 1961 in Santa Maria, California after a citizen recognized his photo from a wanted poster. Charge: Unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for murder out of Portland.

edwards#160 – Edward Wayne Edwards was placed on the list on November 10, 1961 and captured January 20, 1962 in Atlanta, Georgia. Charge: Unlawful flight to avoid confinement out of Portland.

humphrey#384 – Samuel Marks Humphrey was placed on the list on February 29. 1984 and captured on March 22, 1984 in Portland. Charge: Bank robbery and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for murder out of Portland.

longo2#469 – Christian Michael Longo was placed on the list January 11, 2002 and captured January 13, 2002 in Tulum, Mexico. Charge: Unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for aggravated murder out of Newport, Oregon.