Fugitive sex offender who walked out of Houston halfway house arrested

John Michael Enard was arrested in Los Angeles Friday (Texas DPS)

November 12, 2013 1:54:33 PM PST
The list of the state's 10 most wanted sex offenders is down to 9.

John Michael Enard, 59, who was on the list, was arrested without incident Friday in California by the Los Angeles Police Department. A tip led to his arrest and now a reward of up to $3,000 will be paid.

Enard was wanted for parole violation and felony failure to comply with civil commitment requirements.

Authorities say Enard removed his ankle monitor on January 19 and fled from a Houston halfway house.

Enard spent the past 24 of his 58 years in a Texas prison. He sent there after he was convicted of aggravated robbery and sexual assault.

Enard was paroled in December, then was sent to the Southeast Texas Transitional Facility, a halfway house for sex offenders on Old Beaumont Highway. But Enard wasn't scheduled to be released from there any time soon. The state filed what's called a civil commitment against him and that says Crime Stoppers speaks volumes.

"The reality of the civil commitment is that is when they decide that even though someone has been paroled, they are so dangerous that they must remain in custody," Houston Crime Stoppers Exec Director Katherine Cabaniss said.

Before Enard served a month at the halfway house, he removed his GPS ankle monitor and scaled the concertina wired fence and vanished.

If you have information that can help authorities arrest other fugitives, there are a variety of ways to get the info in. You can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). You can also test the letters 'DPS' followed by your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), submit a tip online at the Departmtment of Public Safety's website or you can submit a tip on the DPS Facebook page.

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