Fugitive Man

Fugitive Man

by Robert K. Cromwell


Publisher MCP Books

Published in Biographies & Memoirs/Memoirs, Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction

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Book Description

Criminal Justice on TV. From NCIS and Law and Order to White Collar and Cops, We start to believe we know how the system works. But how much do we really know?

Robert Cromwell has been there. A Cop, an NCIS agent and FBI agent. He was a prolific fugitive hunter. Go inside with Bob, arresting murderers & other violent criminals, and discover why the system isn’t always just.

Sandy D’Alemberte, former President of the American Bar Association, says “…an entertaining and enlightening story…(Cromwell) is able to move beyond the great adventures to thoughtful suggestions for reform.”

Sample Chapter

“Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else therea er.”

(Ernest Hemingway, “On the Blue Water,” 1936)

Jefrey Holt – UFAP – Kidnapping, Robbery, Rape, Attempted Murder

Jefrey Holt was wanted for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP) for kidnapping, robbery, rape and attempted murder. Late one evening Holt had broken into a young woman’s home in central California and had brutally raped, tortured, kidnaped and attempted to murder her. He had almost been successful.

When I first heard of him, Holt had been on the run for some time. Using information provided by the Sacramento Division of the FBI, and working with other reliable sources, I developed a lead on Holt at his potential place of employment. Holt worked under an assumed name in the restaurant of a hotel several miles south of Houston. He was one of the hotel’s friendly bartenders. Another agent and I went to the bar, played some pool, drank some iced tea, and waited for Jefrey’s arrival. Jeff  strolled in just in time to start his shift. We grabbed him before he could don his apron. When confronted, he admitted his identity and was handcuffed, searched, and taken into custody without incident.

Afer his arrest, we transported Holt back to the Houston FBI office. Afer taking off  his handcuffs, we sat down with Jefrey, and I read him his Constitutional Rights. He stated he understood his rights, he did not want to speak with an attorney, signed the Advice of Rights form, and declared he was willing to talk. We then started talking. We talked about the Houston Rockets and the Houston Astros, we talked bartending (something I knew nothing about), and we talked of my experiences in the Navy. We did not speak of the crimes he was accused of for some time. Afer several minutes, I sent a new agent who was sitting in on the interview with me off  to get a can of Pepsi for Jefrey. The new agent came back with the Pepsi and asked if he could see me in the hall. I walked out, and he said, “Bob, why are you being nice to that shitbird? I can’t stand being in the same room with him.” I told him to just bear with me we would talk about it later. I then returned, and Jefrey and I continued our friendly conversation.

Afer several minutes of talk to get the point across to Jefrey that I thought he was a decent person, I finally got around to the crime. Since we had treated him well and developed a good rapport, he seemed convinced that we thought he was a regular guy who had simply made a serious mistake. I made it clear that we wanted to offer him some help, but I also suggested that he needed to offer an explanation for his outrageous behavior. It wasn’t as if I was asking him if he did it. I was just trying to let him see that we knew he was not a bad person, that we knew he had committed the crimes for which he’d been arrested, but that we also knew that it must have been an out-of-character mistake, one which he simply needed to explain.

After much hesitation, he confessed that he had a drug problem and explained that, on the night of the crime, he had been high. He admitted that he had observed the attractive victim through her window and had climbed through that window into her home. He then asserted the rest of the night was a blank. He claimed that he couldn’t remember what he had actually done to her. However, that was all we (and the prosecutor) needed.

Afer lodging Jefrey in the Harris County Jail in downtown Houston, I spoke with the new agent about his impatience and dislike of sitting with Holt. I explained that we might have just prevented the victim in this case from having to go to trial. Furthermore, if Holt hadn’t confessed, his defense attorney would have tried to make the victim look somehow responsible for the events of that horrible evening, and going to trial could have been akin to another atrocious assault on the woman.

As of this writing, Jefrey Holt remains an inmate in the California Department of Corrections. 

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Robert K. Cromwell

Robert K. Cromwell

Bob Cromwell began his career in law enforcement following six years in the U.S. Navy as a Cryptology Technician and obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree from The College of New Jersey.

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