William Bradford Bishop Added To FBI Top Ten List

For Immediate Release Contact: Darrell Foxworth, Special AgentThursday, April 17, 2014 (858) 320-8302

News of Top Ten Fugitive with Ties to California Generating Tips

On April 10th, the FBI’s Baltimore Division announced the latest addition to the FBI’s List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, William Bradford Bishop. Bishop is wanted in connection with the cold case homicide of his five family members in March 1976, all of whom he allegedly bludgeoned to death before burning and burying their bodies in North Carolina. Additional information about Bishop can be found at the link below, to include details, photos, age-enhanced illustrations and a video podcast.

Since the publicity campaign began last week, the FBI’s Baltimore Division has received a large number of tips in areas where Bishop lived and worked. Bishop, who was born in Pasadena, California and still has associations in that area. Bishop was also known to have an affinity for the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Investigators believe there is a strong possibility Bishop could have returned to places with which he was familiar near Southern California, or the mountains in the state of California or Nevada.

While there is no evidence to indicate Bishop’s whereabouts, investigators are enhancing publicity efforts in the Western United States. There is a reward of up to $100,000 being offered by the FBI for information leading to the capture of William Bradford Bishop.

Anyone with information about this case may contact the FBI by calling 1 800 CALL FBI, by submitting a tip at www.fbi.gov or by calling their local FBI Field Office. The San Diego FBI Field Office telephone number is (858) 320-1800.

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FBI and Carlsbad Police Seek "Scarecrow Bandit"/CAPTURED

scarecrow 1 The FBI and Carlsbad Police  Department are seeking the public's assistance to identify the unknown male responsible for robbing the Chase Bank, located  at 7176 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, California, on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

On Thursday, March 13, 2014,  at approximately 6:10p.m., the Chase Bank, located at 7176 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, California, was robbed by an unknown male wearing a scarecrow type mask, described as a cloth material with eye holes cut out.

At the time of the robbery, the robber entered the bank and walked up to the victim teller's window and made a verbal demand for money.  Another employee in the bank suspecting something unusual was happening  approached the victim teller at which time the robber demanded money from this teller.  The robber ended up getting money from both tellers.  The robber was last seen running south bound on Avenida Encinas.  No weapon was observed and no injuries reported.

Witnesses describe the robber as follows:


Sex:                             Male

Race:                           White

Age:                            Mid to late 20's

Height:                       Approximately 5'8" tall

Build:                          Medium athletic build

Clothing:                     Gray hooded long sleeve sweatshirt with dark horizontal stripes, gloves, tan pants and wore a tan colored cloth mask with eyeholes cut out