NJ Police: Cuba Travelers Should Watch for Fugitives


The New Jersey State Police has a message for all those taking advantage of the new United Airlines flights from Newark to Havana: Be on the alert for fugitives wanted by the FBI who are living in Cuba.

New Jersey State Police spokesman Lt. Brian Polite says tourists may want to look up Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted in 1977 in the death of Trooper Werner Foerster during a gunfight after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. She was sentenced to life in prison but escaped and made her way to Cuba, where Fidel Castro granted her asylum and she has been living under the name Assata Shakur.

Gov. Chris Christie last year sought to block Newark flights to Cuba until Chesimard is returned to the United States.