Reward increased again for wanted fugitive

Dallas Wayne Waddell is wanted for a parole violation and burglary of a habitation. Texas Crime Stoppers has increased the reward for his arrest to $13,000.

August 1, 2012 5:01:29 PM PDT
The reward for helping authorities catch one of Texas' most wanted sex offenders has climbed even higher.

Texas Crime Stoppers has increased the reward for 47-year-old Dallas Wayne Waddell to $13,000, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Officials had increased it to $6,000 once before in September.

Waddell is wanted for burglary of a habitation and parole violation. His convictions include sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon (involving a 13-year-old girl). Waddell has previously worked as a boiler maker, pipe fitter and laborer.

His last known address was in Whitney, Texas, in Hill County. He last registered as a sex offender with law enforcement authorities in 2004 and then disappeared in 2005.

Waddell was born in Galveston but investigators believe he could be living in Mexico. He is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and was last known to weigh approximately 160 pounds. He has multiple tattoos that include a Jesus/heart/cross on the outside of his right leg; lions/clouds/trees on his upper left arm; and "Diana" on his left hand. He also has scars on his face, right hand and upper left arm.

For more information on Waddell, see his DPS Most Wanted poster.

Authorities are willing to pay the reward, even if the information they recieve leads them to an arrest in Mexico.

One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list and one from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list are featured each month in hopes the higher reward money from the Governor's Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips. The higher reward amount will only be paid if the tip comes in the same month the fugitives are featured.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor's Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives or Sex Offenders. Anyone with information 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 fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture to submit a web tip.
All calls, texts or emails are anonymous, and tipsters will be given a tip number. You do not have to give your name. Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives yourself. Authorities say they are considered armed and dangerous.

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