Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2001

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI Fugitives in the Movies

Maurice Stewart slide - Captured

David Burno slide

Cornelius Smith slide - Captured

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is going to the movies looking for dangerous fugitives.

From August 24, 2001 to September 7, 2001, movie theaters in Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland and Virginia, will display slides featuring three men wanted by the FBI and the Washington Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The slides, which will be shown on sixty-four screens in all, will run several times before the previews and feature presentation begins.

The FBI's Washington Field Office has an agreement with Cinema Advertising, Inc. of Mahwah, New Jersey to publicize fugitives in several of its movie houses.

The three fugitives appearing on the theater screens include:

1) Cornelius Smith, alias Thump. He is a 23-year-old black male, 5'10", 220 pounds, and is wanted on an outstanding Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia warrant charging Smith with first degree murder while armed.
2) Maurice Stewart is a 30-year-old black male, 5'8", 160 pounds, and is wanted on an outstanding Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia warrant charging Stewart with first degree murder while armed.
3) David Burno is a 33-year-old black male, 5'6", 220 pounds and is wanted on an outstanding Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia warrant charging Burno with armed robbery.

The following theaters are scheduled to show the fugitive's profiles: In Washington, D.C. - Cineplex Cinema, Cineplex Dupont 5, Cineplex Foundry, Cineplex Inner Circle 3, Cineplex Outer Circle, Cineplex Uptown, Cineplex Wisconsin Avenue Cinemas; In Maryland - Cineplex Marlow 6, Loews Rio 18, Wheaton Plaza Regional Center; In Virginia - Multiplex Cinemas Mt. Vernon.

Should the placement of fugitive photographs in theaters generate leads and be successful, the initiative may be continued by the FBI in additional cities.

If anyone recognizes any of these dangerous individuals or has information regarding their whereabouts, they are asked to contact the FBI's Washington Field Office at area code 202 - 278-2000.

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