- Author: Tom Marcinko
- Category: Features
- Issue: Mar 2014
Ten years ago, Jason Derek Brown gunned down an armored-car guard in Ahwatukee. Despite landing on the FBI 10 Most Wanted list, he's still at large.
At least 20 witnesses heard the pop-pop sound of gunfire outside the AMC 24 movie theater at the Ahwatukee Foothills Town Center at about 10 a.m. on Monday, November 29, 2004. Six pops in all.
One hollow-point bullet shattered the window of a box office. The other five went point-blank through the head of an armored-car guard named Robert Keith Palomares, 24.
Keith, as everybody called him, was carrying a bag containing $56,039.07 in movie and concession receipts. While he lay dying, and AMC employees tried to comfort him, the man who shot Palomares picked up the money bag and escaped – on a mountain bike, of all things. Palomares was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital about an hour later.
The victim was, by all accounts, a likable family man just doing his job. The crime was striking for its brazenness, and for the exotic background of the suspected killer – a California-born former Mormon missionary named Jason Derek Brown, who's been on the run ever since the killing. Brown – who would now be 44 years old – was placed on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list in 2007. Last March, the FBI doubled, to $200,000, the reward for information leading to his capture, in the hopes that it would give citizens extra incentive to come