According to the FBI, Young and Samuel "are involved in a group that tries to cause economic damage [to] businesses that use animals for testing and profit. They may also have ties to various animal-rights groups." The pair have been fugitives since October 1997, when they allegedly freed more than 3,600 minks during raids on three farms in Wisconsin. From recent tips logged in the Twin Cities, the following picture has emerged: The men are believed to have begun their lives underground by traveling to Salt Lake City to train as Mormon missionaries and last winter were posted to St. Paul to work with Southeast Asian families in Frogtown. They actually had a brush with local law enforcement when a potential convert--a police cadet from Blaine--spotted them drinking Grain Belt Premiums while working as security during a performance by DJ (and well-known animal-rights advocate) Moby at Edgefest in May. Before the cadet could make his way through the crowd to confront the pair, the two boarded Moby's tour bus and have not been seen since.
During his stint as Panamanian consul general in New York, the 55-year-old Iglesias is believed to have used his diplomatic status to smuggle an ancient Peruvian artifact into the United States. The Cuban-born diplomat took flight after his cohorts were arrested during a botched attempt to sell the artifact--a three-pound gold "backflap" worn 2,000 years ago by Mochica Indian warriors in Sipan, Peru, as a protective device to cover their buttocks--to undercover FBI agents. After a brief, undistinguished stint as a personal shopper at Dayton's, Iglesias is believed to have opened up shop as an agent specializing in negotiating retirement packages for management types in the sports world. He is believed to have left the metro area soon after one of his clients, University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Clem Haskins, became embroiled in an academic-fraud investigation.
Webb, a 67-year-old jewelry-store burglar from Oklahoma City wanted for the 1980 murder of a small-town Pennsylvania police chief who was shot twice at close range after being brutally bludgeoned with a blunt instrument, holds the distinction of having the longest current tenure on the Ten Most Wanted list: 18 years and counting. Maybe not much longer, however. From tips garnered over the past week, FBI agents have come to believe that Webb has used the Twin Cities as a home base of sorts for more than a decade, working variously as a butcher, car salesman, jeweler, real estate agent, restaurant manager, and vending machine repairman under his real name, Don Perkins. Though the FBI files describe him as a natty dresser who tips big, loves dogs, and is allergic to penicillin, it appears they're wrong on at least one of those counts: In an exclusive interview, longtime Fridley resident Darla Skoglund told City Pages that Perkins was her neighbor in the early Nineties, when he was employed at a now-defunct used-car lot on Lake Street in Minneapolis. "I knew he was a crook," said Skoglund, whose son still has the Chevrolet Nova he bought from Perkins. I'm not at all surprised. He was a mean man. I saw him kick a Shih Tzu once."
In order to collect information regarding the fugitives described above, and about others who may be wanted by local and national authorities,City Pageshas installed a dedicated tip line: (612) 372-3765.
It's no crime to bear in mind that the government often offers substantial rewards in exchange for useful information. As our FBI source explains, "Plenty of people living on pensions could really use the money. Plus it's summer--for young people out of school, it's not a lot of work to study a few pictures and see if any of them look like the guy across the street or the fellow who delivers your pizza, or what-have-you."
But please remember: Many of these ne'er-do-wells are armed and dangerous. If you know anything that might lead to their capture, don't try anything heroic yourself. Call (612) 372-3765 and let us help!