SEATTLE, January 27, 2009 –Viewers of Washington’s Most Wanted on Q13 FOX (KCPQ-TV) provided tips to help capture two more wanted fugitives in Western Washington.
The Monday arrest of homicide suspect William Gray brings the total number of captured suspects to 12 since the show’s debut in November 2008. William Gray (aka “Dirt”) was arrested after a Washington’s Most Wanted viewer tipped off Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound to his location at an apartment complex in Federal Way. Gray was wanted for a 2006 shooting outside a tavern in Renton that killed an 18 year-old victim. He is now being held on $1,000,000 bond.
“We knew Mr. Gray was actively hiding from us,” said Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Tom Lanier with the Pacific NW Fugitive Apprehension Task Force. “Thanks to the Crime Stoppers tip that came in from a viewer, the fugitive task force members were able to arrest this dangerous convicted felon without incident. Mr. Gray knew he’d been featured on Washington’s Most Wanted and wasn’t happy when we caught him.”
Also apprehended Sunday night was David Hayes. A viewer saw him profiled on Washington’s Most Wanted and called 911 when the suspect was spotted in Ballard. Hayes is the prime suspect in three bank robberies including a Bank of America in Arlington.
“The success of Washington’s Most Wanted is a direct result of our viewers’ active participation,” said Q13 FOX Vice President and General Manager Pam Pearson. “Q13 FOX remains committed to engaging our viewers and working with local authorities to keep our communities safe and criminals off our streets.”
“As the Commander of the Seattle Police Violent Crimes Unit, I know that Washington’s Most Wanted is a great way for citizens to get involved in the Criminal Justice System,” said Seattle Police Captain David Emerick. “It is the perfect show to help bring justice and peace for violent crime victims.”
Washington’s Most Wanted, hosted by Q13 FOX News Anchor David Rose, airs Fridays at 9:30pm on MyQ2 (KMYQ-TV, Channel 22, Cable 10) and at 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays on Q13 FOX. Fugitive files and safety tips are also available online at Q13FOX.com.
If you would like to report a suspect or submit a case to Washington’s Most Wanted, please contact police coordinators Myrle Carner (Myrle.Carner@seattle.gov) or Liz Allen (Elizabeth.Allen@seattle.gov) from Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound; acting to facilitate info for participating agencies and area Crime Stoppers programs. They also may be reached by dialing 206-343-2020 or 1-800-222-TIPS.