DPS: More ‘Most Wanted’ captured in 2021 than ever before

El Paso News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the capture of a record 34 fugitive and sex offenders in 2021.

The program first began in 1993. Assisting DPS are state, federal, local and Mexican authorities.

The previous high of captured individuals stood at 32 back in 2013. To add, $71,500 was paid in rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in the arrests.

The 34 people captured in 2021 includes:

  • 12 gang members
  • 17 convicted sex offenders
  • 14 people were captured within just two months, from Oct. 13 through Dec. 13.

“The public plays an integral role in the captures of these offenders, ensuring we have a successful Texas 10 Most Wanted Program and making our communities, and all of us, safer. I’m proud of this program and would like to thank all of our law enforcement partners who helped successfully bring these criminals to justice.”

Steven mcgraw, dps director

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders lists who pose the most significant threat to public safety in the state. You can find the current lists — with photos — on the DPS website.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives or Sex Offenders.

For more information on the fugitives captured in 2021 as part of the Texas 10 Most Wanted program, visit the captured fugitive archive.

Crime Stoppers programs enable citizens to anonymously report information about crimes for cash rewards, helping put criminals behind bars and assist in crime reduction efforts.

To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the following three methods:

  • Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about then clicking on the link under their picture.
  • Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

All tips are anonymous — regardless of how they are submitted — and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

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