On January 5, 2005, New York Governor, George Pataki, unveiled a list of that state's 100 most wanted criminals. The list is part of a new joint task force called Project SAF-T (Statewide Anti-Fugitive Teams). Within one week, five of New York's most wanted were brought to justice.
Project SAF-T was created to coordinate the efforts of local, state and federal agencies to capture the most dangerous fugitives in New York State. According to the governor's office, together, the fugitives are responsible for more than 600 crimes including: murder, rape and robbery.
Governor Pataki has assembled a strong network of law enforcement agencies. The SAF-Teams will be overseen by the New York State Police, U.S. Marshals and the New York City Police Department. Team members will include officers from the New York State Division of Parole, local police and county Sheriff departments.
Several of New York's Most Wanted are already America's Most Wanted, and we're betting that the new resources Governor Pataki has added to their cases may be what's needed to bring them in.
Andre Neverson -- wanted for questioning in the murder of his own sister as well as his ex-girlfriend
Raul Castro -- wanted for a 1987 possible drug-war murder in Albany
William Fischer -- wanted for the 1986 murder of his own son as well as his son's friend in Southhampton
Angel Salgado Sanchez -- wanted in a gang related shooting death of a 10 year old girl as she left a christening party in the Bronx on August 18, 2002
Alan W. Golder -- wanted for violating his parole invovling a murder during a burglary, as well as kidnapping charges
Wayne Chin-- wanted for the 2001 murder of his wife
A key component of the SAF-T program is a toll-free tip line -- 1-800-262-4321
There's also a website at www.NYSMostWanted.com where New Yorkers can see photos and clues for all 100 fugitives.