Gov. Rick Perry today announced the capture of Jose H. Morales, a member of the Mexican Mafia, who has been on the Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list since April 2010. The governor also announced that Texas Crime Stoppers and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin to rank the fugitives on the Texas Top 10 Most Wanted list, and increase rewards incrementally up to $10,000 for the some of the worst offenders.
"Keeping our growing communities safe and apprehending and punishing individuals who commit crimes in the Lone Star State is essential," Gov. Perry said. "Increasing these rewards based on the offender's rank on the list will encourage Texans, who have information about the most dangerous individuals in our state, to notify authorities and help bring these criminals to justice."
Today the potential reward amount for fugitives on the list is being raised from $5,000, which was previously increased in April, to now $10,000 for most cases. April's reward increase has since resulted in the capture of three individuals from the list. Reward amounts may vary, with some extraordinary cases reaching up to $50,000.
"The individuals on this list are dangerous criminals who pose a significant threat to public safety," DPS Director Steven McCraw said. "Providing additional incentives to the public to assist in apprehending these individuals will help keep our communities safe by reducing these fugitives' chances of committing additional crimes and ensuring they are appropriately punished."
"The Crime Stoppers program greatly benefits all citizens by removing dangerous felons from our communities," Texas Crime Stoppers Council Executive Director Betty Bosarge said. "The program works because tipsters are guaranteed anonymity and do not have to fear retaliation. So far this year, six fugitives on the Texas Top 10 list have been apprehended as a result of Crime Stoppers tips."
Local programs receive court fees from convicted felons, which are used to pay rewards.
Any fugitive should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of any of these fugitives should call 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). The Crime Stoppers hotline is open 24 hours a day. Callers' anonymity is guaranteed by law.
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