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Saturday, September 03, 2016

U.S. Marshals Seek to End Fugitive’s 16-Year Run From the Law


Fugitive added to 15 Most Wanted List; reward of up to $25,000 being offered

Washington – The U.S. Marshals turned up the heat today in the search for alleged murder suspect Anthony Seth Burroughs by adding him to their 15 Most Wanted list and offering a reward for information leading directly to his arrest.

On the lam for more than 16 years, Burroughs is wanted by the Tucson Police Department for first-degree murder. On April 30, 2000, Burroughs allegedly shot and killed 19-year-old Juan Ruben Rodriguez at a house party in Tucson, Arizona. Police believe Burroughs fled the country within 24 hours of the crime. The investigation into his whereabouts led authorities on a trail halfway around the world to the Philippines, where Burroughs was born and has family ties. Even though years have passed, the U.S. Marshals believe that Burroughs will be apprehended with the assistance of the public.

“Burroughs’ senseless crime and disregard for the law have made us more determined to bring him to justice. The U.S. Marshals, along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will not rest until he is apprehended and held to account,” said U.S. Marshals Service Deputy Director David Harlow. “The family of the victim deserves justice, and the public at large will be safer when this dangerous fugitive answers for his alleged crime.”

U.S. Marshal David P. Gonzales of the District of Arizona agreed.

“The U.S. Marshals, along with our foreign and domestic law enforcement partners, will leave no stone unturned until Anthony Burroughs is behind bars,” said Gonzales. “This senseless crime not only changed the life of the victim’s mother, Sandra Medina, it also left three children fatherless. This family deserves justice for their loved one.”

Burroughs, who was 21 at the time of the murder, is a white male of Filipino descent with brown eyes and black hair. He stood at 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed approximately 200 pounds at the time of the crime. He is now 37 years old. Burroughs has several tattoos: the name Adriana on his chest, Burroughs on his back, Hate on his left arm, and Love on his right arm. He may be working as a tattoo artist. Burroughs also has an interest in cars.

Based on the nature of his crime, the U.S. marshals believe Burroughs poses a significant threat to the public.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading directly to Burroughs’ arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office, the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102 or email usms.wanted@usdoj.gov.

"The Tucson Police Department will not rest in the pursuit of justice,” said the Chief Chris Magnus of the Tucson Police Department.

“The faces of our agency may change over time but our determination to see Anthony Burroughs held accountable for his actions is unwavering. We are thankful for the continued support of our federal partners in this ongoing effort to bring closure to this case and stand ready to assist in any way possible," Magnus said.

Burroughs will be featured on CNN’s The Hunt with John Walsh Sunday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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