Armed and dangerous: FBI’s 15 Most Wanted from New Jersey
They’re some of the meanest, nastiest, most dangerous people you'll ever meet in the Garden State.
Not surprisingly, the FBI is hoping you can lend a helping hand in tracking them down and capturing them.
The FBI has its 10 Most Wanted list for the nation, but there is also a 15 Most Wanted list right here in the Garden State.
“These individuals we consider to be heinous, who have brought havoc to their communities," said Brad Cohen, assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal Enterprise Branch of the FBI, Newark Division.
The individuals on the list are wanted for committing a wide variety of offenses.
“It could be violent crime or homicide, it could be a financial crime or a wire fraud, it could be exploitation of a minor ... it just depends on what the priorities are of the Bureau at a particular given time,” he said.
One individual on the list is Walter Gomez, a known member of the notorious MS 13 gang who’s accused of killing someone in Plainfield who had socialized with members of a rival gang.
“It’s alleged that Gomez and other gang members, after an evening of socializing with the victim, attacked him. The victim was struck in the head numerous times, had his throat cut, he was stabbed approximately 17 times in the back,” said Cohen.
Another individual on Jersey’s most wanted list is Farhan Ul Arshad, accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and unauthorized access to computers.
Cohen said Arshad was allegedly involved in an international telecommunications scheme that defrauded individuals, companies and government entities out of $50 million between 2008 and 2012.
He noted the FBI is offering reward money for their most wanted criminals.
“For Gomez, leading to his arrest, we’re offering a reward of $20,000, and for Arshad it’s a $50,000 reward,” he said
In addition to featuring these individuals on the FBI website and electronic billboards, sometimes their pictures will be displayed at different post offices.
He added the most wanted list is not ranked in any particular order, which means the first person on the list is not wanted anymore than the 15th person on the list. But they’re all considered dangerous.
“People should not be approaching these individuals, they should just be a good witness,” he said.
“If they have a cell phone, if they can covertly get a picture of the individual or snap a license plate of a car they’ve gotten into, any type of lead that would be good for law enforcement.”
“We definitely need the public’s help in bringing these fugitives to justice," he said. "They’re just creating havoc out there in this community. We just can’t do this job alone. We definitely need the public’s help to bring these folks to the justice system.”