KCPQ" (Seattle) Washington's Most Wanted reached a milestone with the capture on the 400TH criminal that was profiled on the show.
Washington’s Most Wanted, in partnership with Crime Stoppers programs statewide, has now helped local law enforcement capture 400 fugitives. Because of the successful partnership, many of Washington’s most dangerous and violent offenders have been taken off the streets and put behind bars.
“Thanks to KCPQ for their leadership and thanks for the diligent teamwork of people in the state of Washington, to put 400 people away, get them off the streets, that’s a good thing for the state of Washington, Congratulations to everyone involved,” said Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.
Anthony Turner is WMW’s 400th capture. Thanks to a viewer tip, this violent offender was taken into custody without incident yesterday (April 10, 2013) by the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force. Turner was wanted by the Department of Corrections for Escape in Snohomish County where he failed to attend and participate in chemical dependency treatment. He has a violent history including charges of Assault 2 for hitting a police officer with a stolen vehicle, eluding arrest and violating a Protection Order threatening to beat his victim if she went to police. The viewer who called in the tip is set to receive a $500 Visa gift card from Crime Stopper of Tacoma –Pierce County and a $500 Visa gift card from Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound in addition to the normal reward leading to a fugitive’s capture.
Host David Rose said, “When I asked America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh in 2008 for his advice on launching Washington’s Most Wanted, he had no doubt it would be a huge success because people want to take an active role in making their communities safer. He was exactly right. 400 arrests later, I am overwhelmed by the public’s support and grateful to the citizens of Washington for their amazing and consistent efforts in helping law enforcement capture the dangerous criminals we feature.”
Since its launch in November of 2008, Washington’s Most Wanted has profiled many of the most notorious fugitives in the Pacific Northwest and achieved one of its primary missions – to give a voice to victims. The show features a wide range of stories including murder suspects, cold cases, missing persons, sex crimes, bank robberies, cyber-crimes and neighborhood safety issues. The weekly show also continues to work closely with all city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies within the state of Washington.