America’s Most Wanted

America’s Most Wanted


The FBI actively uses television programs to attract public attention to the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives,” as well as other fugitive investigations. In particular, the FBI has been publicizing fugitives on the television program America’s Most Wanted, now known as America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back (AMW), since 1988. Hosted by John Walsh and seen on the Fox Television Network, AMW seeks to solve cases and take dangerous criminals off the street by re-creating the crimes on television, as well as showing photographs and video of the actual criminals in action.

The show’s flexible format permits the coverage of late-breaking and sensitive investigations while also giving law enforcement an opportunity to update viewers on developments in major cases. A nationwide toll-free hotline and Internet website enable AMW viewers to provide anonymous tips to law enforcement officials involved in the investigations.

FBI “Top Ten Fugitives” and other wanted fugitives are routinely profiled on AMW, both when added to the “Top Ten” list and when updates warrant additional publicity. As a direct result of the AMW broadcasts, to date, 17 “Top Ten Fugitives” have been arrested.

Some AMW “Top Ten Fugitive” successes:
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Steven Ray Stout Rickey Allen Bright Pedro Luis Estrada
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Tony Ray Amati Lee Nell Carter David James Roberts was the first “Top Ten” capture attributable to AMW on its first regularly scheduled broadcast.