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$2M Reward Offered for Longtime NJ Fugitive [VIDEO]

A militant convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper 40 years ago is now the first woman on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists.

Poster about Joanne Chesimard
Poster about Joanne Chesimard (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)

The FBI and state of New Jersey also announced Thursday a doubling of the reward, to $2 million, for the capture of Joanne Chesimard.

The state is adding its own $1 million on top of the million dollars already offered by the FBI for her capture and return.

Chesimard was a member of the Black Liberation Army. She’s been on the run since 1979 when she escaped from prison, where she was serving a life term in the death of Trooper Werner Foerster.

She fled to Cuba, where she has lived under the name Assata Shakur.

Foerster was killed on May 2, 1973, during a traffic stop.

She is already on New Jersey’s 12 Most Wanted list.

Chilly relations between the countries have made Cuba a haven for fugitives, but the climate is changing. Just last month, a Florida couple who sailed to Cuba was returned to the U.S. and accused of kidnapping their two young children from the boys’ grandparents.

Read stories from NJ's police blotter

Joanne Chesimard wanted posted
Joanne Chesimard wanted posted (FBI)

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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