Western Washington's Most Wanted

Western Washington's Most Wanted
SEATTLE - They are out there among all of us -- perhaps in the car ahead of you as you drive to work; or sitting next to you at the coffee shop? Perhaps they're even in line behind you at the bank?

They are fugitives, wanted by the FBI for robbery, assault and murder.

But the hunt is on to find these accused criminals, and the FBI hopes you can help catch Western Washington's most wanted.

"The Southerner"

At the top of the FBI's list in Washington state is Adrian Delgado-Vasquez, who is wanted for murder. On April 18 last year, investigators say Delgado-Vasquez stabbed a man in the back on the Tulalip Indian Reservation near Marysville.

Snohomish County prosecutors charged Delgado-Vasquez with 2nd degree murder. Two months later the FBI issued a federal warrant for his arrest.

Adrian Delgado-Vasquez is 20 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of the word "Sureno" on the left side of his chest. Sureno means "Southerner" in Spanish.

The FBI says Delgado-Vasquez has ties in Washington state, but also knows people in California, and still has connections in his home country of Mexico.

He's considered "Armed and Dangerous."

Student on the Run

The next fugitive on the list is a college student on the run. Frederick Russell, 23, vanished after a deadly car accident which police say he caused last June in Pullman.

Investigators say a Chevy Blazer driven by Russell tried to pass another car. Russell's vehicle slammed into a white Cadillac carrying seven students, and caused a chain reaction involving two other cars.

Three Washington State University students in the Cadillac were killed, and three others were hurt. Russell, himself a WSU student, suffered only minor injuries. Investigators say he had a blood alcohol level of 0.12. The legal limit in Washington is 0.08.

Russell was arrested and charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, and three counts of vehicular assault. He was free on bond, but just days before a pre-trial hearing, Russell vanished.

His father gave the court a letter from Russell saying he had fled because he'd received death threats and didn't think he could get a fair trial. Investigators think Russell had planned to run all along. They say he had sold belongings and talked with friends about going to Puerto Rico or Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Russell's mother lives in Chico, California, and he also has ties to British Columbia.

Frederick Russell is 6 feet 1inch tall, weighs 215 pounds, with blue eyes and red hair. Investigators say he might frequent bars and abuse alcohol.

The FBI says Russell should be considered "dangerous."

Desperate & Dangerous

Few crimes frustrate authorities more than bank robbery. On average, there's a bank robbery every day in Washington state. The FBI says the vast majority of bank robbers are drug addicts. They're desperate, and that makes them dangerous.

Right now, two serial bank robbers top the FBI's most wanted list.

The first is the so-called "Downtown Bandit." He has hit six banks in downtown Seattle in the last two months, almost always during the lunch hour -- one of the busiest times for a bank. He's even hit the same bank more than once.

The Downtown Bandit is white, in his 20's, 6 feet tall, with a thin build and light colored hair.

The other serial bank robber is the "Grocery Store Branch Bandit." He strikes those mini-banks you see in grocery stores, and he's hit five since January.

The Grocery Store Branch Bandit is also white, in his mid to late 30's, with a medium build and brown hair.

If you have any information about either bank robber, or about Frederick Russell or Adrian Delgado-Vasquez, you are asked to contact the FBI at 206-622-0460.

Or visit the FBI Web site at www.fbi.gov