Three of Texas’ top ten most wanted criminals have been arrested

In a recent news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), it was announced that three individuals from Texas’ 10 Most Wanted list have been apprehended. This development brings a new level of security and closure to several high-profile cases in Austin, TX.

Chad Everett King, a 34-year-old fugitive, was apprehended in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 29. This arrest was the outcome of a collaborative effort involving the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which comprised DPS Special Agents, and the U.S. Marshals Metropolitan Fugitive Task Force. The El Paso Police Department Crimes Against Persons Division and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office also played a significant role in the joint investigation into this fugitive. King had evaded capture since December 2022 and was wanted for multiple charges, including aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon, aggravated kidnapping involving sexual abuse, and six counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Lonnie Matthew Brown, aged 30, was apprehended in Dallas, Texas, on December 5. The collaboration between the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force, DPS Special Agents, and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office led to his arrest. Brown, who was convicted in 2012 of indecency with a child by sexual contact, had been evading authorities since September 2023 for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which receives funding from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, provides rewards for valuable information that leads to the apprehension of individuals listed on Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives or Sex Offenders list. As of 2023, law enforcement has successfully arrested 44 individuals from these lists. Among them are 12 gang members and 22 sex offenders. A total of $107,500 has been paid out in rewards to individuals who provided tips that resulted in these arrests.

To qualify for these incentives, tipsters can provide information through three different avenues: by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477), submitting a web tip through the DPS website, or selecting the wanted fugitive and following the link under their picture.

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