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