Now that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has captured one of its most wanted criminals, Jose "Joe" Luis Saenz, insiders are weighing in on who should replace the alleged killer as on the FBI’s most wanted list.
According to ABC News, Saenz’s capture late in the day on Thanksgiving was the result of a joint effort between Los Angeles FBI officials and Mexican authorities.
Saenz was wanted for allegedly killing two rival gang members and kidnapping, raping and killing his girlfriend 14 years ago.
He made the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list in October 2009, after three other accused criminals were apprehended that year. Other criminals added to the list that year included drug lord Eduardo Ravelo and Russian mobster Semion Mogilevich
Scott Garriola, a special agent with the FBI in Los Angeles, told ABC News, "there's always a sense of accomplishment" in bringing in someone from the most wanted list.
"But just personally there's no real time to just sit back and relax," Garriola said. "We've all got a busy case load. It's on to the next case."
Now that Saenz is in federal custody, FBI officials will soon consider who will be among a new class of inductees to be added to the most wanted list.
ABC News reported that the FBI, which created the “Most Wanted” list in 1950 after a reporter asked for a list of their "toughest guys,” does not keep a roster of potential additions to the list.
To pick America's newest most wanted criminal, the FBI accepts submissions from all 56 of its field offices.
According to the FBI, candidates eligible for the list will most likely be suspected of "violent crimes, cyber crimes, drug trafficking, crimes against children and/or international money laundering schemes," as opposed to the 1960's, when "destruction of government property, sabotage and kidnapping" were the most likely reasons to land a person on the list.
Recent additions to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list include accused child pornographer Eric Toth, kidnapper Adam Mayes and murder suspect Fidel Urbina.
More than a quarter of the criminals on the list were captured thanks to media promotions. Only two captures came from the Internet so far, ABC News reports.