Lisbio Maria Jacinto Couto, Jr., is wanted for his alleged
involvement in at least three of a series of crimes committed
in California and Nevada, many of which are thought to have been
committed as part of a sophisticated Asian Criminal Enterprise
Organization. Specifically, Couto is alleged to have participated
in an armed robbery in Hayward, California, on April 11, 1997;
an armed robbery and murder on May 3, 1997, in San Jose, California;
and a computer component hijacking on October 9, 1997, in San
Jose, California. Couto was charged with participating in these
crimes in a federal RICO indictment issued in the Northern District
of California, San Jose, California, on July 20, 2004.
Additionally, on April 17, 1998, one victim was murdered while
seated in a parked car outside a house party in Fountain Valley,
California. Couto was charged with state felony murder in the
city of Fountain Valley, California, as a result of this crime.
On October 6, 1998, a federal complaint was filed and an arrest
warrant was issued in the Central District of California, Santa
Ana, California, charging Couto with unlawful flight to avoid
Couto sometimes wears his hair in a ponytail. He has a muscular build and enjoys working out at health clubs. Couto was born in Macau when it was still a territory of Portugal and carries a Portuguese passport. He came to the United States at the age of nine and lived in California. He has ties to the Orange County, California, and Prescott, Arizona, areas.