RONALD FLYN TRIPLETT, a prison escapee convicted of armed robbery and attempted
murder, has been added to the FBI's list of "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives."
Triplett, aged 41, is being sought by the FBI for his escape from the Southern
Michigan Prison, Jackson, Michigan, on June 14, 1984. At the time of his escape,
Triplett was serving a lengthy sentence for the October 11, 1978, armed robbery
of a restaurant in Trenton, Michigan, in which a female employee was shot and
wounded with a .45-caliber automatic handgun.
Triplett is also being sought by authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on
local charges of kidnaping, aggravated assault, rape, and possession of stolen
property. On May 13, 1986, Triplett reportedly abducted a young couple in
Bernalillo County, New Mexico. Alledgedly threatening the couple with a small
handgun, Triplett forced the man into the trunk of a car and then raped the
woman. On May 21, 1986, in Albuquerque, Triplett, who was reportedly carrying a
.25-caliber automatic handgun, allegedly forced a woman to accompany him in his
truck to a remote area. Triplett had reportedly begun to rape the woman when
local police officers appeared at the scene and, following a high-speed chase,
apprehended him. Triplett, who had been using an alias, posted a $100,000 cash
bond and subsequently failed to appear at his arraignment.
Born July 20, 1949, in Hamilton, Alabama, Triplett is described as a
5-foot-9-inch, 165-pound white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He has a
scar over his right eyebrow, a scar on his left shoulder, and an appendectomy
scar. A reported avid amateur hockey and softball player, Triplett has worked
in the past as an assembly line worker, spray painter, health club manager,
landscaper, and mechanic. He has used Social Security numbers 383-50-7053,
585-93-9339, and 585-39-9339 as well as the following aliases: Ronald D.
Heister, Ronald Dale Heister, Ron Triplett, Ronald Triplett, Ronald G. Triplett,
Ronald Glyn Tripplett and Ronnie Triplett.
Triplett is the 410th fugitive to be placed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted
Fugitives" list. He replaces Fillmore Raymond Cross, Jr., who voluntarily
surrendered to Special Agents of the FBI in San Francisco, California, on
December 23, 1986. Cross, a reported founding member of the San Jose,
California, chapter of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club, had been sought by the
FBI for allegedly attempting to extort $100,000 from a California businessman
who was nearly beaten to death on October 2, 1984, in Santa Cruz, California, by
two individuals whom Cross reportedly hired.
A Federal warrant was issued on August 27, 1986, at Detroit, Michigan, charging
Triplett with Unlawful Interstate Flight to Avoid Confinement for the crimes of
Armed Robbery and Attempted Murder. A local warrant was issued on May 13, 1986,
at Albuquerque, New Mexico, charging Triplett with Kidnaping, Aggravated
Assault, Rape, and Possession of Stolen Property.
Anyone with information regarding Ronald Flyn Triplett is requested to take no
action other than to contact the nearest office of the FBI, the number of which
can be found on the first page of most telephone directories.
Triplett has been convicted of assault, intent to rape, sodomy, gross indecency,
armed robbery, assault with intent to commit murder, and possession of a firearm
in the commission of a felony. He should be considered armed, dangerous, and an