Austin fugitive replaces Houstonian on state's most wanted

John Erick Anderson, 50, is wanted for parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender. His last known address is in Austin. This photo was taken in 1997, so authorities say he should look older.

November 9, 2010 1:16:46 PM PST
A Houston fugitive who was arrested shortly after making Texas' Ten Most Wanted Sex Offenders list has been replaced on the list with an Austin man. John Erick Anderson, 50, has been missing since 1998 and is wanted on accusations of failing to register as a sex offender and parole violation, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety statement. His criminal history includes aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child related to two teenage girls. Anderson is considered armed and dangerous and has violent tendencies.

Anderson replaces Houston-area resident Bruce McCain on the most wanted list. McCain was convicted in two sexual assaults and was paroled in May. But on October 1, he escaped from a northeast Houston halfway house. He was placed on the Most Wanted Sex Offenders list four days later.

McCain, 51, was eventually arrested about three weeks later when he turned himself into authorities in the Valley.

Three other Houstonians are currently on the state's list.

The Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office has authorized a Crime Stoppers reward for anyone who has information regarding any of the suspects' whereabouts.

Anyone with information on these offenders can provide anonymous tips in three different ways:

Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
Text the letters DPS?followed by your tip?to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
Submit a tip through the DPS website by selecting the sex offender you have information about, and under their picture is a link to submit a web tip: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/wanted/sexoffenders/topTenSexOffenders.htm#


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