Feds Offer $250,000 Reward for Suspect in DEA Agent Killing
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Authorities are prepared to use ″every trick in the book″ to capture a man suspected of killing a federal drug agent in New York City, an FBI spokesman said Friday.
Joseph Valiquette, an official with the FBI’s New York office, made the comment one day after Attorney General Dick Thornburgh offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Constible Farace, who is suspected of killing Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Everett Hatcher.
″While federal law-enforcement agencies are devoting maximum efforts to this case, the assistance of the public is needed,″ Thornburgh said in announcing the reward, which is to come from money seized from illegal drug operations.
Hatcher, 46, was shot to death Feb. 28 at a deserted intersection on Staten Island. He had been posing as a drug buyer when he went to meet Farace, 28, to set up a cocaine deal, police said. Hatcher was found dead - shot four times in the head and upper body - behind the wheel of his car.
FBI Director William Sessions placed Farace on the bureau’s ″10 Most Wanted List.″
Asked whether these measures were an indication the investigation was not going well, Valiquette said: ″It’s an indication that we’re looking for as many witnesses as possible, maybe, or we’ll use every trick in the book in order to solve the case.″
He declined to comment further on the status of the manhunt, other than to say, ″Some cases get solved fast and some take years.″
Valiquette said between 200 and 300 people from the FBI, DEA and New York City Police Department are working on the Farace case.
A $20,000 reward has been posted by New York City and a private organization, COP-SHOT.