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November 23, 2005

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15 MOST WANTED FUGITIVE LIST

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15 Most Wanted - Jody Kenneth ThompsonJody Kenneth Thompson is a man who mastered a prison break fueled by love and a free ride. On the morning of August 25, 2005, Thompson and others who were serving their sentences at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) were assigned to load furniture onto a delivery truck going to the Lovelock Correctional Center. At approximately 8:30 a.m. the delivery truck departed NNCC. However, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Thompson was unaccounted for and believed to have escaped on the truck.

Ironically he escaped with the assistance of Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) employee and love interest Ana Kastner. Kastner allegedly smuggled a cell phone into the prison and gave it to Thompson on or about August 13, two weeks prior to his escape. Their romantic relationship and her involvement were discovered during the investigation into Thompson’s escape. She was arrested on August 27.

Thompson, 25, was serving 12 consecutive sentences of 30 to 150 months each for charges of kidnapping, robbery with a deadly weapon, and burglary. On September 2, he picked up his old habits while on the run when he allegedly committed an armed robbery of a bar outside of Las Vegas, NV, where he managed to escape with more than $18,000.

On that same day, authorities were hot on Thompson’s trail, and located him at a residence in Las Vegas. While preparing to arrest him, a vehicle with a lone female driver exited the targeted residence. Law enforcement officers pulled over the vehicle only blocks away from the residence in an attempt to interview the driver regarding her knowledge and association with the fugitive. After pulling over and stopping, the female driver exited the vehicle and approached the police patrol car. At the same time, a male appeared in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and drove off, leading authorities on a high-speed chase.

Thompson eventually crashed the vehicle, but led authorities on a foot pursuit. While on foot, he committed an armed home invasion and stole a car, which resulted in another high-speed chase. He crashed this car as well, but managed to again evade capture. Thompson has not been seen since.

Further investigation reveals that he allegedly committed another armed robbery in the Las Vegas area since his escape, where he netted more than $27,000.

Thompson, also known as Kenneth Jody Thompson, is a white male born on September 9, 1980. He is six feet tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He has hazel eyes and blonde hair. He has a tattoo of an eagle on his back, and “CJ” on one shoulder and possibly a tattoo that has been altered on one ankle. Thompson is validated by the NDOC and the Nye County, Nevada Sheriff’s Department as a white supremacist and a member of the Peckerwoods prison gang, which is known to support the Aryan Nations prison gang.

Thompson is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact their nearest U.S. Marshals Service office, or call the Marshals’ 24 hour phone line at 1-800-336-0102.

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other national law enforcement agencies combined. Four of the individuals on their 15 MOST WANTED list have been apprehended in recent months.