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FBI: Fugitive could be hiding among Mormons

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A one-time Salt Lake City resident sought in the fatal
shooting of an Arizona armored truck courier could be taking advantage of
philanthropic Mormon church members, the FBI’s lead agent on the case said.

Jason Brown is accused of shooting Robert Keith Palomares five times in the
head at close range with a .45-caliber handgun on Nov. 29, 2004, outside a
Phoenix theater. The FBI says Brown made off with $56,000 on a bicycle he
ditched that yielded his fingerprints.

The last confirmed sighting of Brown was in August 2008, when a friend spotted
the fugitive at a stoplight near the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, where he lived
just months prior to the murder. He bought a handgun at a Kearns gun store two
weeks before the crime, and the weapon was later linked to Palomares’ death.

The 43-year-old Brown is good at lying and convincing people that he’s someone
else and could be taking advantage of a Mormon church member’s philanthropy, FBI
Agent Lance Leising said.

Leising told The Salt Lake Tribune that his ability to
blend in is one reason he’s on the Top 10 Most Wanted list.

“With the commonness of his name and how he looks, like a surfer dude in
California, we’ve had more tips (about this) fugitive than any other on
`America’s Most Wanted.’ It’s caused us to chase leads all around the world,”
Leising said.

Brown served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in
France. He later earned a master’s degree in business, and started two
businesses.

An Arizona arrest warrant was issued in 2004 charging Brown with first-degree
murder and armed robbery. Brown later was charged with unlawful flight to avoid
prosecution in a federal arrest warrant.

The matching fingerprints came from an application Brown submitted weeks
earlier in Utah for a concealed-weapons permit. Utah authorities held the
license because of the shooting, and it was never issued.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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