Lester Pearson- New York/Louisiana- 1997-2009 Mar 4, 2013 9:41:14 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Mar 4, 2013 9:41:14 GMT -5
Fugitive profile as of September 24th, 2014 (based on 2012 AMW archive profile):
Current Age: 36
Height: 6'1" -6'4"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair):
-Pearson may have a mustache or goatee.
Other Phys. Characteristics:
-Has a new set of teeth
Traits and Habits:
-Known to have a volatile temper
-Known to take pride in appearance, dresses neaty
-New York , NY
Other Possible Locations:
Last Known Locations:
-Jacksonville , FL
-Pearson's last known address is on Abbeyfield Drive in Jacksonville, Fla.
Who to call if you've seen him: US Marshals Anonymous Tip Line 1-877-WANTED-2
Lester Pearson was aired three times on AMW in their last two years on the air. He is a career criminal and in my opinion one of the most dangerous men AMW has ever profiled.Below is an AMW archived description on his case:
'Untouchable' Suspect Accused Of Attacking Police
Lester Pearson is an all-around criminal, according to authorities, charged with crimes ranging from drug possession to murder.
But his specialty appears to be crimes against police. The NYPD accuses him of shooting and paralyzing an off-duty cop in 1999.
Then in 2005, he allegedly attacked a Louisiana narcotics agent and correctional officer after being pulled over with 117 pounds of marijuana.
Cops: Pearson's Bullets Paralyze Undercover Officer
Lester Pearson apparently believes that he’s untouchable.
In two separate states, he’s accused of attacking police officers. Yet, he’s managed to remain on the run while police agencies fall over each other, attempting to apprehend a man regarded as the consummate public enemy.
New York authorities describe Pearson as a drug dealer willing to resort to violence to protect his illicit profits.
On Dec. 7, 1997, cops say Pearson, then weeks shy of his 22nd birthday, had a dispute with Kuwan Burgess -- a friend and associate in the marijuana trafficking trade. Pearson allegedly gunned the man down near his Bronx apartment. Given the “stop snitchin” mentality of the neighborhood, it was difficult for police to determine details of the murder and while they investigated, Pearson roamed free, hunting down more trouble – and, investigators contend, more victims.
In 1999, he spotted 27-year-old Vincent Ling, the brother of an ex-girlfriend near Sexton Place and East Gun Hill Road in the borough’s Baychester section. Ling, an undercover narcotics officer, and Pearson never liked one another, and – according to police – the pair squared off Old West-style and began firing.
Eleven bullets later, Ling was paralyzed, and Pearson’s girlfriend was shot in the leg as she attempted to drive away from the scene.
Bronx cops wanted to see Pearson charged with attempted murder. Unfortunately, detectives were unable to glean specific details about the shootout from reluctant witnesses, and the suspect remained free until 2000, when officers finally had enough evidence to charge him with the Burgess murder.
Yet, in what local law enforcement characterizes as an all-too-common Bronx tale, several of the prosecution’s witnesses backed out, and Pearson’s trial ended in a hung jury.
“When he left the courtroom, he spat in the assistant district attorney’s face, as if to say, ‘I’m the man, and you can’t touch me,’” Detective Danny Rivera recalled.
The arrogance was miscalculated; authorities were now more determined than ever to retry Pearson.
'Crime Wave' Moves South
Meanwhile, the man cops regard as a one-man crime wave shuttled from state to state, scrapping with the law in both Florida and North Carolina.
On Aug. 7, 2005, he and his wife, Debbie, were driving through what is known as the “dope corridor” in St. Tammany Parish, La., allegedly hauling an estimated 117 pounds of marijuana in his rental car from Texas.
When police stopped him for a traffic infraction, Pearson ran and was captured by state troopers. At the station, the suspect appeared to be calm. But in the interview room, Pearson allegedly snapped, grabbing a narcotics agent around the neck and attempting to choke him. Two more agents ran into the room, and cops say Pearson was finally restrained after a violent struggle.
Pearson, who’s used the name Terrance Stallings in the past, was charged with battery of a police officer, battery on a correctional facility employee, and possession to distribute more than 60 pounds of marijuana, among other crimes.
Remarkably, he was released on $25,000 bail, and left the state.
In 2009, New York authorities finally accumulated enough fresh evidence to issue a new warrant for the Kuwan Burgess murder.
Four separate U.S. Marshals task forces have been searching for Pearson, but he’s remained elusive. That’s why authorities are asking AMW for help.
Louisiana wants him first. Pearson could receive 10 to 20 years for the alleged assault of the agents, but under a special law, Sonny Allen of the Louisiana State Attorney’s Office plans to ask the judge to take Pearson’s other felonies into consideration. That means that the fugitive could be in prison for 40 to 50 years.
“I’m having the corner suite at Angola refurbished,” Allen said. “Can you imagine hell? Angola ain’t that nice.”
Thoughts? a link to a topix forum below has posters claiming local police told them Pearson may be in the DC area, but I don't know how much of that is true since it's message board posters and no articles to back it up.
UPDATE: I unfortunately could not find any new articles online about the manhunt for Pearson in the past few years. As far as I can tell, he is still at large as of this update (7/22/2018), since I haven't found anything online suggesting otherwise. However, if anyone has any updates/proof-of-updates one way or the other, please feel free to let us know.
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