There are more than 250,000 fugitives – including hundreds of suspected murderers and rapists – on the lam in New York State, says the New York Daily News. After the hunt for a wanted drifter ended in the shooting death of a state trooper, the News obtained a breakdown of the quarter-million suspects who are ducking New York State authorities. The list includes 812 suspected killers, 537 accused rapists, more than 60,000 suspected drug offenders, 10,000 johns and nearly 11,000 people who skipped out on drunken-driving charges. “These are big numbers,” said John Grebert of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police.
Of 250,820 warrants listed in a state database as “active,” about 120,000 have been in the system for at least 10 years, and many of the suspects may be dead or in prison for other crimes. Among the active warrants, about 38,000 – 15 percent – involve people who would face extradition back to New York no matter where they were found on the globe.