Law enforcement officials launch website in SF to capture wanted fugitives

Courtesy of Northern California Most WantedDevante Laws is wanted in connection to the slaying of German tourist Mechthild Schröer

Courtesy of Northern California Most WantedDevante Laws is wanted in connection to the slaying of German tourist Mechthild Schröer

Two suspects wanted by San Francisco police are among those listed on a new website launched by federal and local law enforcement officials aimed at using anonymous tips to capture wanted fugitives in the Bay Area and Northern California.

The U.S. Marshals Service Northern District of California, FBI and Northern California Regional Intelligence Center announced the new website — www.northerncaliforniamostwanted.org — in San Francisco during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The website displays information and photos of wanted criminals with active warrants from 15 Northern California counties stretching from Del Norte to Monterey counties, said Mike Sena, director of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center.

The site provides a physical description, photos and synopsis of a crime allegedly committed by the fugitive, Sena said.

Tips will be immediately forwarded to agents in the field, making for an efficient system, said Donald O’Keefe, U.S. marshal for the Northern District of California.

The public can read tips submitted in the past 90 days on the website.

Law enforcement officials can view comments posted by the public and ask questions, creating a two-way conversation, Sena said.

Each tip will have an assigned number available only to the submitter and investigator assigned to the case, he said. Submitters may also provide their name and contact information for the investigator’s use.

Helping law enforcement can be a “complex and dangerous risk” but officials hope the anonymous feature of the site will elicit more tips, O’Keefe said.

No tip is too big or small, and none will go unchecked, O’Keefe said.

The crimes posted on the site range from homicide to terrorist support cases, even going back to the three individuals who purportedly escaped from Alcatraz prison in 1962.Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsFBINorthern CaliforniaSan Francisco Police

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