SEATTLE, January 6, 2009 –Viewers of Washington’s Most Wanted on Q13 FOX (KCPQ-TV) have helped capture six wanted fugitives in Western Washington, an average of one arrest per week, since the show’s premiere on November 14, 2008.
Most notably, Romey Finklea was arrested last night by Port of Seattle Police at Sea-Tac Airport after a viewer saw him featured on Washington’s Most Wanted this past weekend. Finklea is an unregistered Level-3 sex offender, convicted of raping two women near Pike Place Market years ago.
Also apprehended this past weekend was David Anthony Cort. The Mt. Vernon burglary suspect was the top fugitive featured on the January 2 episode of Washington’s Most Wanted. A viewer watching the show recognized Cort and promptly contacted the Everett Police Department. Officers responded immediately and the suspect was apprehended within half an hour, while the show was still on the air.
“The success of Washington’s Most Wanted is a testament to the natural synergy between our programming and local law enforcement agencies to bring suspects into custody,” said Q13 FOX Vice President and General Manager Pam Pearson. “Q13 FOX remains committed to empowering our viewers with information to keep our communities safe and criminals off our streets.”
“Washington’s Most Wanted is one of the best ‘tools’ ever introduced to law enforcement in the Pacific Northwest,” said Myrle L. Carner, Law Enforcement Services Director of Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. “The show proves that by working together, we are making a difference and helping bring peace and closure to all victims and their families.”
“Q13 FOX’s involvement and recent successes have an extremely favorable impact on our communities,” said Ron Conlin, President of Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound and Washington State. “Phone and e-mail tips have increased significantly thanks in large part to Washington’s Most Wanted.”
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.