- The Washington Times - Friday, December 22, 2000

The FBI arrested one of the bureau's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" yesterday, capturing a Louisiana man wanted in connection with the murders of his wife and her friend and the shooting of two policemen.
Jesse James Caston, 35, of Lake Providence, La., was arrested at his father's home after a 90-minute standoff with FBI agents, Louisiana State Police and deputies from the East Carroll Parish sheriff's department.
According to Agent Charles Mathews III, who heads the FBI's Monroe, La., field office, Mr. Caston was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths in April of his wife, Angela, and her friend, Sharon McIntyre. He also was named on two counts of attempted murder in the woundings of sheriff's Detectives Virge Hawkins and Renee Jones.
Agent Mathews said detectives Hawkins and Jones were investigating the deaths of the two women when they were ambushed as they sat in their patrol car. He said Mr. Caston is accused of firing several shotgun rounds at the two officers, seriously wounding both men.
An unlawful-flight-to-avoid-prosecution warrant was issued for Mr. Caston two days after the murders and ambush, bringing the FBI into the case.
Agent Mathews said that on Monday, the bodies of James B. Kelly and his son, James "Bubba" Kelly, were discovered by deputies in Lake Providence and investigators determined that they were related to Mr. Caston. He said Mr. Caston had been in the Lake Providence area around the time of the deaths.
He said FBI agents and Louisiana police then searched three residences in Oak Grove, La., near Lake Providence, in an attempt to locate Mr. Caston. He was later spotted at his father's house.
Agent Mathews said that when confronted by agents, Mr. Caston displayed a semiautomatic rifle, but surrendered without incident after about 90 minutes of negotiations with East Carroll Parish Sheriff Mark Shumate. Mr. Caston gave up at about 11:30 a.m.
He is the 459th person to be placed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list, which marked its 50th year in March. Inaugurated by former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as a publicity device to help enlist the public's aid in locating the nation's most dangerous criminals, more than 430 of the wanted felons have since been apprehended.
The idea for the list was born in 1949 when a reporter asked the FBI about writing a story about the "toughest guys" sought by the bureau. The FBI gave the reporter a list of 10 names, and the story later gained national attention.
Among those on the current list are Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, charged with masterminding the August 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people; Eric Rudolph, charged in connection with the bombing of a health clinic in Alabama in which a police officer was killed and a nurse critically wounded; and James J. Bulger, a major organized-crime figure in Boston, wanted for racketeering and extortion.

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