Escaped Murderer On U.S. Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted Being Sought In Los Angeles

Lester Eubanks, who has been on the run for 47 years, was convicted of killing 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener in 1966. Newly resurfaced photos may finally lead authorities to capturing him.

March 29, 2021

Lester Eubanks in the 1970s, and as he would appear today. [via the U.S. Marshals Service]

Lester Eubanks in the 1970s, and as he would appear today. [via the U.S. Marshals Service]

By: Michelle Sigona

The U.S. Marshals say they know Lester Eubanks, a U.S. Marshal Top 15 Most Wanted fugitive, who has been on the run since December 1973, spent significant time in Los Angeles. Eubanks, who was using the name Victor Young, planted roots in 1975, even holding down a job at a local waterbed factory in Gardena, California in the mid-1970's. He was interacting with employees, but always knew when to duck and hide.

Senior Inspector David Siler with the US Marshals Service tells In Pursuit with John Walsh, "Every time they brought the camera out... Victor would walk away. Victor i.e. Lester Eubanks." The photos are not of Eubanks himself, but of people in the Los Angeles area who may have had contact with him. An employee who loved to take pictures at the time, was always capturing the moments in time.

Siler said this about unearthing the photographs, "None of these individuals are in any trouble at all." At this point, Siler is hoping to gain more knowledge about Eubanks and his interaction with folks and to close in on the convicted killer's timeline.

Authorities are hoping new, unearthed photos of people who worked with Lester Eubanks in the mid-1970s will help provide more information about him and his whereabouts. [via the U.S. Marshals Service]

Authorities are hoping new, unearthed photos of people who worked with Lester Eubanks in the mid-1970s will help provide more information about him and his whereabouts. [via the U.S. Marshals Service]

[via the U.S. Marshals Service]

[via the U.S. Marshals Service]

[via the U.S. Marshals Service]

[via the U.S. Marshals Service]


Siler said Eubanks was first tracked to Los Angeles in 1975 and ABC News confirms he lived with a woman named Kay Eubanks between 1975 and 1996. "We know that he has a footprint there, we know that he has associates throughout the area, we just need to talk to those people," Siler told ABC 7.

Joy Springer, who worked for the waterbed factory and hired Eubanks, told ABC 7 the fugitive "wore a lot of cologne." The smell was enough to give her a "headache."

Eubanks was sentenced to death for the attempted rape and murder of 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener in Mansfield, Ohio. Authorities say Eubanks not only tried to rape the teen, but shot her twice and then returned to the scene to beat her with a brick, leaving her to die.

Eubanks was behind bars, but in 1973 prison officials allowed him to go Christmas shopping in Ohio as a reward for "good behavior." Eubanks failed to return to his pick up location with the officials and has been on the run ever since.

In 2019, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released an age-enhanced photo of what Eubanks could look like today. Eubanks is believed to possibly be armed and dangerous.

Eubanks may have possibly lived in North Hollywood, the Gardena area, South Los Angeles, and Long Beach. A possible girlfriend at the time, according to Siler, is named "Renee." Another worker, according to the report, is named "Rick."

If you know anything about the Lester Eubanks case, please call or text our hotline: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).


ORIGINAL POST 01/29/20

Lester Eubanks is a US Marshal Top 15 Most Wanted and has been on the run since December 7, 1973 after he was sentenced to death for the attempted rape and murder of 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener in Mansfield, Ohio. Authorities say Eubanks not only tried to rape the teen, but shot her twice and then returned to the scene to beat her with a brick, leaving her to die. Eubanks was behind bars but in 1973 prison officials allowed him to go Christmas shopping as a reward for "good behavior." Eubanks failed to return to his pick up location with the officials and has been on the run ever since. In 2019 the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released an age-enhanced photo of what Eubanks could look like today. Eubanks is believed to possibly be armed and dangerous.

CASE DETAILS & FUGITIVE CHARACTERISTICS

Possible Aliases: Victor Young, Pete Eubanks

Possible locations: California, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Washington state, North Carolina

Wanted for: Escape

Location of Crime: Mansfield, OH

DOB: October 31, 1943

RACE: Black

SEX: Male

HEIGHT: 5 feet 11 inches

HAIR: Black

EYES: Brown

WEIGHT: 175 pounds

SCARS or TATTOOS: Large scar or burn on upper right arm

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