Reward for Texas fugitive now stands at $15,000


The DPS announced the increased reward for information that leads to the capture of Javier Cortez, Jr., 32. Investigators say Cortez is a member of the Tango Blast gang who is wanted for murder. They say he may be living in Matamoros, Mexico with an assumed name.

The murder for which Cortez is wanted happened in 2010 in Harris County. During a robbery, investigators say an accomplice shot the 29-year-old victim twice, and Cortez then stood over that victim and shot him nine more times.

The accomplice was arrested, but Cortez remains on the run.

Cortez is 5-foot-5 and weighs 142 pounds. His last known address was in Pasadena, which is where he has family and children living. He's previously been spotted in the El Campo area.

Your tip is guaranteed to be anonymous. If you have information on Cortez's whereabouts, you're asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). You can also text the letters DPS followed by your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or submit a tip on the DPS webpage.

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