Washington, DC – The reward for information leading to the arrest of wanted fugitive Lester Eubanks has been increased to $50,000, U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott announced today. More than 45 years ago, one of the most notorious prisoner escapes in Ohio history occurred.
A convicted child murderer, serving a life sentence, walked away from his handlers and justice. On December 7, 1973, prison officials took Lester Eubanks to a shopping center in Columbus, Ohio, and allowed him to shop unescorted as a reward for good behavior. When Eubanks failed to return to his scheduled pick up location, he was reported as an escapee, and has eluded authorities ever since.
The U.S. Marshals Service in Northern Ohio began investigating this case in 2015 and three years later added the fugitive to its 15 Most Wanted list. In November 2019 Eubanks was the subject of an ABC News Investigates podcast titled Have You Seen This Man? Beginning Oct. 19 Eubanks was featured on the Netflix series Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2, in an episode titled Death Row Fugitive.
As of today, the reward has been increased from $25,000 to up to $50,000 for information that directly leads to the arrest of Lester Eubanks.
Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833), or tips may also be submitted via the USMS tips app
Eubanks, 75, is a 5-foot-11 black male with black hair and brown eyes. At the time of his disappearance, he weighed approximately 175 pounds. Other unique physical characteristics include a mole under his left eye. He may be using the alias Victor Young to hide his true identity. In 2017, the U.S. Marshals released an age-progression photo (below) of Eubanks.
Source: US Marshals