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FBI Announces Reward for Information Leading to the Arrest of Donna Joan Borup
Seeking Public’s Assistance in Locating Fugitives Donna Joan Borup and Elizabeth Anna Duke

FBI New York September 26, 2013
  • FBI New York Press Office (212) 384-2100

On October 14, 2014, the FBI announced an increase in the reward offered for information leading to the arrest of Borup. The total reward amount now being offered by the FBI is up to $50,000.

The FBI’s New York and Philadelphia Field Offices are seeking the public’s assistance in locating fugitives Donna Joan Borup and Elizabeth Anna Duke. Duke and Borup were both alleged members of the May 19th Communist Organization, which advocated the armed revolution and violent overthrow of the United States government. The two women could be traveling together.

The FBI and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have recently announced independent rewards of up to $20,000 each for information leading to the arrest of Borup. In addition to the independent rewards of the FBI and the Port Authority, the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association will join with both agencies to bring the total reward amount up to $50,000 by offering a $10,000 reward of its own. The FBI is also offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading directly to the arrest and conviction of Duke.

Borup is wanted for her alleged participation in a violent anti-apartheid demonstration at JFK International Airport in Queens, New York, 32 years ago today on September 26, 1981. During the riot, Borup allegedly tossed a caustic substance into the eyes of a Port Authority Police officer, leaving him partially blind. Along with accomplices, Borup was arrested and released on bail pending trial in May 1982.

On May 20, 1982, an arrest warrant was issued for Borup after she failed to appear for her trial on a Queens County indictment, which charged her with riot in the first-degree and assault in the first degree. On September 14, 1982, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Borup in the Eastern District of New York, and she was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Duke is wanted for her alleged involvement in a series of criminal activities during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Duke and an associate, who was wanted for his participation in the Brinks armored car robbery in Nanuet, New York, on October 20, 1981, were arrested by the FBI in May 1985 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Duke was released on bail and later fled the jurisdiction. She has been a fugitive since October 1985.

“The FBI will continue to seek out all fugitives who have committed crimes against our citizens and our nation. If you’re living your life on the run, don’t assume we’ve stopped looking for you. We encourage anyone with information about these fugitives to call the FBI or their local police,” said Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos.

Borup and Duke are considered armed and dangerous. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

- Wanted poster for Donna Joan Borup
- Wanted poster for Elizabeth Anna Duke

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