Lisbio Couto- California- 1997/1998 May 3, 2015 23:17:51 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on May 3, 2015 23:17:51 GMT -5
(Above photo credits: FBI.Gov archives)
Fugitive Profile as of May 4th, 2015 (based on FBI.Gov archived poster):
Aliases: Lisbio Jacinto Couto, Lisbo Jacinto Couto, Jr., Lisbio Maria Couto, Lisbio Jacinto Louto, Jr., "Leash"
Date of Birth Used: August 19, 1976
Place of Birth: Macau
Weight: 150 pounds
Remarks: 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.
Who to call if you've seen him: Based on wanted location, our advice would be to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIPS-OCCS
Lisbio Couto has been on the run for over a decade and a half, and for a large portion of that time on the run he's been profiled on the FBI's website. Below is their archived description of his case:
"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 prosecution."
Thoughts? First, let me get my humorous comment out of the way before getting serious- am I the only one who chuckled a little that Couto's middle name is Maria? I guess you can say he reminds us of a West Side fugitive.
Getting back on track- Two things surprise me in this case considering the severity of this case- 1. Couto was never on AMW. Considering his crimes occurred in 1997 and 1998 (and the RICO indictment in 2004), they had plenty of time to air him. and 2. Couto is no longer on the FBI's website. I checked the Orange County warrants page and it says he still has an active warrant. I believe he was a criminal enterprise fugitive. For such a dangerous guy, it's surprising they removed him. We even at one point thought he had top 10 list potential.
I take it Couto may be in Portugal considering the passage of time, but he really needs to get caught.
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