Bad news for bad guys on the lam!
With 12 criminals apprehended since America’s Most Wanted returned to television on Lifetime in December, the network has announced that it will air 20 new episodes of John Walsh’s long-running series.
The partnership’s latest arrests, New Mexico fugitives Rufus Byers and Elizabeth Kay Gade, were apprehended less than a week after being profiled on an AMW sex-trafficking special that aired Feb. 24. Byers and Gade were wanted in connection to separate human trafficking and prostitution cases.
“America’s Most Wanted has made an immediate impact on Lifetime and, more importantly, John Walsh’s courageous fight to raise much needed awareness of many overlooked crimes and bring justice to those who commit them,” said Sharenow in the Lifetime announcement. “We’re proud to be the home to John andAmerica’s Most Wanted.”
“This is great news for the people I fight for … and horrible news for the criminals we’re working hard to capture,” Walsh added. ”Lifetime and its viewers have been great partners of America’s Most Wanted and we’re going to keep the heat on those who think they can run, but they certainly can’t hide.”
America’s Most Wanted has led to the capture of 1,177 people in the series’ 24-year history.
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