Texas sex offender from ’10 most wanted’ list arrested in Florida – Chron.com

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April 20, 2017

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Published 2:29 pm, Thursday, April 20, 2017

For the second time this week, one of the Lone Star State’s most wanted fugitives has been captured.

Jose Mario Lopez, 59, who was listed on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, was arrested Monday in Winter Haven, Fla., according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Lopez had been wanted for parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender. 

Winter Haven police officers took him into custody without incident at a local park. No reward will be paid since his arrest was not the result of tip received through Texas Crime Stoppers, DPS said in a news release.


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Lopez had been on the lam since January, when he intentionally cut off his ankle monitor and escaped from a Houston facility, the release said.

He was paroled in 2015 after receiving a 70-year sentence for a 1983 conviction in San Patricio County on a burglary charge with intent to commit a sex offense.  He was required to register as a sex offender for life. 

For more details, see his “captured bulletin.”

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So far in 2017, DPS and other agencies have arrested six people listed on the Texas 10 Most Wanted or Most Wanted Sex Offenders lists.

To be eligible for a cash reward, tipsters must provide information using one of these five methods:

– Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477)

– Text the letters “DPS” followed by your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) from a cellphone.

– Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about and then clicking on the link under that person’s picture

– Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “Submit a tip” link (under the “About” section)

– Submit a tip through the DPS mobile app, available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store and for Android users on Google Play.

All tips are anonymous.

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