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February 28, 2012 > Fugitive Watch

Fugitive Watch

Submitted By Sgt. Corey Quinn, Hayward PD

Fugitive Watch, a Bay Area-based non-profit aimed at helping law enforcement solve crimes and capture serious criminal absconders, is celebrating its twentieth year anniversary. The organization has been credited with over 2,500 captures or solving of crimes. It has successfully combined law enforcement, local business and the community into an effective crime-fighting tool.

Representatives of several Bay Area law enforcement agencies gathered Thursday, February 23rd at a luncheon, during which three of Fugitive Watch's earliest unsolved cases was featured. One of those three cases is a brazen attempted murder of a woman at a Hayward fast food restaurant in 1995.

John Timothy Shinnick, now 40, is wanted on warrant charging him with Attempted Murder and Robbery. He allegedly armed himself with a 45 caliber handgun and attempted to rob a motorist in the drive-thru line at a Taco Bell. When the victim tried to drive off, Shinnick smashed out the car window and shot the victim in the face. Miraculously, she survived.

Shinnick knows he is wanted and told others he would shoot it out with the police or kill a police officer if cornered. He is also wanted for desertion from the military. During his near 16-year avoidance of the law he is believed to have used the alias of Scott Trey and John Bradshaw. He has tattoos of Tim and Desert Storm. He was last known to frequent the Hayward, San Jose and Mountain View areas; an unconfirmed tip revealed he may have moved to Tennessee.

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