DA re-launches fugitive website

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office re-launched its EscapingJustice.com website Monday in an effort to capture and return five international fugitives.The website asks for the public's help in capturing five men who fled the United States to seek safe havens in other countries. "These fugitives have committed horrific crimes. One is charged in the murder of a 24-day-old boy, another is accused of a triple murder and a third stabbed a 17-year-old-boy to death," said District Attorney Steve Cooley. "The District Attorney's Office has re-launched EscapingJustice.com to call attention to these and other cases where we need the public's assistance to bring these fugitives to justice," he added. "We ask that everyone visit EscapingJustice.com, study the faces of the fugitives and contact law enforcement if you can help." The five fugitives are: Taizhi Cui, who has been at large since he was charged in three 2006 execution-style murders that included his former girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her boss. David Keshish, who is wanted in connection with an attempted murder in 2003. Paul Sung Ha Kim, who has been at large since he was charged in the 2007 stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy. Juvenal Cardenas Mejia, who is wanted in connection with the 2007 slaying of a 24-day-old boy who was shot and killed while in his stroller. Toru Sakai, who is wanted in the 1987 killing of his father. More cases will be added in the coming months. The new cases on the website include summaries of the allegations against the fugitives, contact information for law enforcement and wanted posters that can be downloaded and shared. The website was created in 2004 to put a spotlight on a Mexican Supreme Court decision that barred the extradition of defendants who faced life prison sentences in the United States. The website shared the heartbreaking stories of the families of murder victims whose killers fled to Mexico. After the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office relentlessly worked to have this decision reversed, the Mexican Supreme Court yielded in 2005. All the killers featured on the original website have been captured and convicted. The revamped EscapingJustice.com includes a history section that spells out the efforts of the District Attorney's Office to reverse the Mexican Supreme Court decision and updates many of the cases featured on the original website.

********** Published: April 7, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 51