2001-01-06 / Front Page

FBI Wants The Joker Rockaway Killer Still On The Loose

By Joan Ward George

FBI Wants The Joker
Rockaway Killer Still On The Loose

Javon Capers, a.k.a. "The Joker", was recently advanced to the number five spot as a most wanted fugitive from justice by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Capers, along with his partner in crime, Kindu Brown, a.k.a. "Bumpy", have been frequent visitors to the front page of The Wave’s "Most Wanted" column and were both also featured on a November 27, 1999 Fox Channel 5 episode of America’s Most Wanted. They were both wanted in connection with numerous violent felonies, including murder. Their crime spree began in the winter of 1998 in Rockaway and moved back and forth between Rockaway and Shelby, North Carolina until Brown was apprehended the first week of December, 1999.

Very little was heard of Capers being seen around Rockaway since Brown’s apprehension until April 24, 1999. It was then that police from the 101 Precinct’s detective squad received an anonymous tip that the notorious "Joker" was seen hiding inside a three-family Beach 38 street dwelling. Because Capers is alleged to have murdered at least two people in New York and is also alleged to be responsible for more murders and 15 other shootings in North Carolina, police secured the entire block adjacent to where Capers was reported to be hiding out and a search warrant was obtained. A search of all three dwellings yielded a .357 magnum handgun. Arrested at the scene was Randy Peters, a resident of the building, who was charged with criminal possession of a handgun. Peters denied any knowledge of Capers’ whereabouts.

Sergeant Beth Kohlmann, head of the 101 Precinct Detective Squad, acknowledged at the time that Capers had been seen throughout the Far Rockaway community and in Brooklyn. It is also believed that he spends much of his time in North Carolina where he is believed to have a girlfriend. However, he has always remained elusive and just one step ahead of the police.

No attempt should be made to detain or confront Capers as he is known to be armed and extremely dangerous.

Sgt. Kohlmann encourages anyone with information about Capers or his present whereabouts to first call 911. A follow-up call on his whereabouts should then be made to Detective Henson at the 101 Precinct Detective Squad at 868-3429 or the CRIMESTOPPERS Hotline at 1-800- 577-TIPS. Tips to the CRIMES-TOPPERS Hotline that result in an arrest and indictment can result in a reward of up to $2,000. All information can be kept confidential.

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