Joanne Chesimard- New Jersey- 1973 May 2, 2013 8:51:32 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on May 2, 2013 8:51:32 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: CBS New York)
Fugitive Profile as of August 30th, 2014 (Based on FBI Most Wanted poster):
Aliases: Assata Shakur, Joanne Byron, Barbara Odoms, Joanne Chesterman, Joan Davis, Justine Henderson, Mary
Davis, Pat Chesimard, Jo-Ann Chesimard, Joanne Debra Chesimard, Joanne D. Byron, Joanne D. Chesimard, Joanne
Davis, Chesimard Joanne, Ches Chesimard, Sister-Love Chesimard, Joann Debra Byron Chesimard, Joanne Deborah
Byron Chesimard, Joan Chesimard, Josephine Henderson, Carolyn Johnson, Carol Brown, "Ches"
Date(s) of Birth Used: July 16, 1847; August 19, 1952
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Weight: 135 to 150 pounds
Remarks: She may wear her hair in a variety of styles and dress in African tribal clothing.
Chesimard has scars on her chest, abdomen, left shoulder, and left knee
TIPS: If you have any information concerning this person, please call the FBI Toll-Free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). You may also contact your local FBI office , or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. The FBI is offering a reward of up to 1 million dollars for Chesimard's capture. Tips can also be submitted electronically at tips.fbi.gov
Joanne Chesimard, better known by her refugee name of Assata Shakur (she is the step-aunt of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur), was profiled on AMW a few times. She is now expected to be added to the FBI's most wanted terrorists list and they are offering a reward of 1 millon dollars. The following is a brief description of her alleged crime from her removed AMW profile I was able to find on web search:
“On May 2, 1973, New Jersey State Police Troopers James Harper and Werner Foerster were patrolling the New Jersey Turnpike in the East Brunswick area. They stopped a car with three occupants and began to question them. The female passenger, JoAnne Chesimard, was a member of the Black Liberation Army. She suddenly pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and opened fire.
Trooper Foerster was struck twice in the chest and Trooper Harper was hit in the shoulder. Chesimard then picked up Trooper Foerster’s service weapon and shot him twice in the head, execution style, while he lay in the road.”
Joanne Chesimard was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. But in 1979, members of the Black Liberation Army broke her out of prison and hid her underground before she was able to flee to Cuba.
So with the announcement today apparently comes a renewed hope. This isn't a cold case fugitive where we don't know where they are or whether or debate whether or not they're dead. She's hiding in plain sight in Cuba under political asylum.
This renewed hope might come from the fact a Florida couple wanted for kidnapping their two young boys from their grandparents fled to Cuba and were actually extradited back to the U.S. My personal feeling was this was a unique case since children were involved, and I'm not sure Cuba wanted to deal with that. The U.S. did after all send Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba so returning the favor might have been easy in this case.
But still the fact that they extradited any fugitive does give reason to be cautiously optimistic, and one has to wonder if the FBI gains any ground from this new effort, what it may mean towards the prospects of catching Victor Gerena. The difference here is Gerena if in Cuba as believed is flying under the radar, while Chesimard/Shakur is treated like a celebrity in Cuba:
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