NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Serving an 81-year sentence for charges including kidnapping and armed robbery, Robert Houston Sanders escaped from the Tennessee State Prison on April 20, 1990.
When the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation created its 10 Most Wanted in 1993, Sanders was one of the original names added.
“He’s the only individual who’s been on the top 10 since we formed it 25 years ago,” TBI spokesperson Josh Devine told News 2.
Since its creation, an estimated 400 wanted suspects have been caught after being placed on the list. That includes murder suspects, people sought in missing children’s cases and jail escapees.
“By and large, they are individuals who are considered the most dangerous individuals out there who need to be in law enforcement custody,” Devine said. “Most times, we’ll put an individual on the top ten and the case will resolve within a day or two. That really for us proves the value.”
Sanders has never been located, but Devine said the TBI is still actively pursuing tips in the case.
Robert Houston Sanders is also known to use the aliases Willie Hunter and Willie Sanders
He would now be approaching his 54th birthday.
Sanders is considered armed and dangerous and a $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to his arrest.
“It would be a great milestone for TBI to be able to bring closure, and to get him off the top ten,” Devine said. “All it takes is one tip, one person who is willing to do the right thing to help us get a wanted individual off the streets.”
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the 1-800-TBI-FIND.