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Texas 10 Most Wanted breaks previous record for fugitive arrests in 2022

Austin, Texas (KWTX)- The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that 2022 marked a record year with the highest number of most wanted criminals in a year since the program launched in 1993.

“DPS worked with state, federal, local and Mexican authorities last year to apprehend a record 72 fugitives and sex offenders. This is more than double the previous record set a year earlier,” the DPS said in a statement.

“Public safety is a top priority in the state of Texas, and I’m proud of the brave DPS fighters and law enforcement partners who contributed to this record-breaking achievement,” Governor Greg Abbott said.

“Through the Texas 10 Most Wanted program, our brave men and women in law enforcement have removed the most dangerous criminals from our streets and made our communities safer for all Texans. Texas will always be a state of law and order, and together we will keep it that way,” Abbott said.

The state agency paid $88,000 in rewards for anonymous advice that led to the arrests, officials said.

“The success of this program has a lot to do with the public talking up and letting law enforcement know the whereabouts of these criminals,” said DPS Director Stephen McCraw.

Among the 72 people captured in 2022, 34 were convicted of sexual offenses and 24 gang members, the most in the history of the program.

In addition to the highest number of seizures ever, the program also set several other new records with the most cleared warrants (220) and the most out-of-state seizures (14). This included arrests in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Mexico.

DPS investigators are working with local law enforcement to select fugitives for a list of Texas’ top 10 most wanted fugitives and sex offenders who pose the greatest threat to public safety in the state. You can find current listings – with photos – on the DPS website.

Texas Crime Stoppers, funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Department, is offering a reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the 10 most wanted fugitives or sex offenders in Texas.

To be eligible for a monetary rewardtipsters SHOULD provide information to authorities in one of the following three ways:

  • Call the Crime Stoppers Helpline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting a fugitive you have information about and then clicking the link below their photo.
  • Submit a tip to Facebook by clicking the “SEND A HINT” link (in the “About” section).

All tips are anonymous – no matter how they are sent. — and tipsters will be given a hint number instead of a name.

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