Man who escaped from Houston halfway house captured

Thomas Lee Elkins was captured Friday in north Texas

October 22, 2012 10:48:49 AM PDT
One of the 10 most wanted sex offenders in Texas is wanted no more. The DPS has announced the capture of Thomas Lee Elkins in Dallas County.

Elkins escaped from Houston halfway house earlier this month. And now the person who tipped off authorities will receive $5,000 in reward money.

Elkins, 58, was arrest Friday in Coppell, which is outside of Dallas. The tip on where to find him came from Arizona, say DPS officials. The tip was that he was the passenger in a truck traveling through Dallas County. DPS officials, along with the Coppell Police Department, located the vehicle and pulled it over. Elkins was in the vehicle and was taken into custody.

Elkins was wanted for felony Failure to Comply with Civil Commitment Requirements after discarding his electronic monitoring device and leaving a Houston halfway house October 5.

If you know any of the others on the state's most wanted sex offender list, you could be in for some reward money. Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477) or text the letters DPS followed by your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone. You can also submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.

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