NJ Trooper Killer Named Wanted Terrorist

Fugitive becomes 1st woman added to FBI's most wanted terrorist list

Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  Updated 1:46 PM EDT
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NJ Trooper Killer Named Wanted Terrorist

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Joanne Chesimard escaped from prison more than three decades ago.

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A militant convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper 40 years ago is nowthe first woman on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists.

The FBI and state of New Jersey also announced Thursday a doubling of the reward, to $2 million, for the capture of Joanne Chesimard.

The state is adding its own $1 million on top of the million dollars already offered by the FBI for her capture and return.

Chesimard was a member of the Black Liberation Army. She's been on the run since 1979 when she escaped from prison, where she was serving a life term in the death of Trooper Werner Foerster.

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She fled to Cuba, where she has lived under the name Assata Shakur.

Foerster was killed on May 2, 1973, during a traffic stop.

“Chesimard is a domestic terrorist who murdered a law enforcement officer execution-style,” special agent in charge of our Newark Division Aaron Ford said in a press release. “Today, on the anniversary of Trooper Werner Foerster’s death, we want the public to know that we will not rest until this fugitive is brought to justice.”

Chilly relations between the countries have made Cuba a haven for fugitives, but the climate is changing. Just last month, a Florida couple who sailed to Cuba was returned to the U.S. and accused of kidnapping their two young children from the boys' grandparents.

 


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