Donald Richard Bussmeyer

Donald Richard Bussmeyer (born August 16, 1936) is an American criminal and a member of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list in 1967.[1]

Donald Richard Bussmeyer
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive
ChargesBank robbery
Born (1936-08-16) August 16, 1936 (age 87)
St. Louis, Missouri
AddedJune 28, 1967
Currently a Top Ten Fugitive

Life as a criminal edit

A career criminal and drug addict with convictions for auto theft, attempted burglary, assault with intent to kill and armed robbery when, on March 2, 1967, he and two accomplices James Alaway and Russell Jones robbed $75,000 from a Los Angeles bank and becoming a federal fugitive in the process.[2]

Arrest edit

Within a week, Alaway was arrested on March 9, and Jones the following day, and sentenced to 17 and 10 years imprisonment respectively for their role in the robbery. Bussmeyer however, was able to evade authorities and, indicted on federal bank robbery charges in April, he was officially added as the 251st fugitive to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list on June 28, 1967.[3]

Due to large media coverage and publicity,[4] Bussmeyer was eventually traced to a safehouse in Upland, California[5] within two months and, on August 24, captured Bussmeyer along with his wife Hallie and associate Gene Harrington. Although two pistols were found in the house, Bussmeyer offered no resistance and, noting a tattoo "Don Bussmeyer Loves Joyce" on his chest, confirmed his identity. Bussmeyer was released on December 29, 1994.[6]

Hallie Bussmeyer, also a drug addict, was held in federal custody along with Harrington for harboring a federal fugitive, while Bussmeyer, held under a $200,000 bond, would eventually be tried and convicted of the Los Angeles bank robbery.[citation needed]

References edit

  1. ^ Born in Missouri according to a 1940 census. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  2. ^ "251. Donald Richard Bussmeyer". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  3. ^ Newton, Michael. Encyclopedia of Robbers, Heists, and Capers. New York: Facts On File Inc., 2002; ISBN 0-8160-4488-0.
  4. ^ "Donald Richard Bussmeyer [1063] - $19.99 :, Wanted Posters & Related Collectibles". Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  5. ^ "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives 201 to 300". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  6. ^ "BOP: Federal Inmates by Name".