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'America's Most Wanted' filming segment in Seattle
Posted by John de Leon
-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:
John Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted," is in Seattle filming a segment that is scheduled to air April 23 on KCPQ-TV.
Walsh and his crew spent Tuesday filming in Pioneer Square and at Kerry Park in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood. The unsolved homicide of Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Wales, who was fatally shot by a gunman who fired through the window of Wales' Seattle home in October 2001, will be profiled on the program.
"Somebody's got to know something about what went down there," Walsh said of the Wales case during a luncheon Tuesday hosted by KCPQ-TV News, which also airs "Washington's Most Wanted," modeled on Walsh's long-running TV show.
On Wednesday, the AMW crew will be on Bainbridge Island, filming a re-enactment of a police pursuit that failed to nab convicted bank robber Bradley Steven Robinett in September 2009.
Robinett, who has outstanding felony warrants for escape and unlawful possession of a firearm, is also a suspected car thief, according to the State Patrol. He is a known survivalist and is believed to be armed at all times -- and possibly wearing body armor.
The AMW episode will also feature fugitive Johnnie Brown, who disappeared during his 2001 trial before a jury convicted him of raping a 13-year-old girl in Lakewood, Pierce County. Brown, 50, is suspected of sexually abusing other children, and has been spotted over the years in Tacoma, St. Louis, and Los Angeles.
Walsh, whose son Adam was abducted and murdered in 1981, became the host of "America's Most Wanted" in 1988 and has since helped law enforcement agencies capture nearly 1,200 fugitives, including 17 men who had made it onto the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List.
During Tuesday's luncheon, Walsh congratulated Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar, who is a finalist in AMW's annual All Stars contest, which recognizes first responders.
"Everybody loves you in your community and we share your heartbreak in losing four officers," Walsh told Farrar, referring to the November 2009 slayings of four Lakewood police officers in a Pierce County coffee shop by gunman Maurice Clemmons.
David Rose, who hosts "Washington's Most Wanted," said 199 local fugitives have been captured since the program's launch in 2008. "John Walsh will help us catch our 200th or our 201st," Rose said.