HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Three people on Texas' most wanted lists were captured recently, The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced today.
Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender John Erick Anderson, 54, was deported from Mexico on June 2; Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive John Ernest Maxwell, 39, was arrested on June 4 in Austin; and Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender Dennis Ray Sandoval, 29, was apprehended on June 6 in Dallas.
Texas DPS says Anderson, who had been wanted since 1998, was found in Cuetzalan del Progreso, Puebla, Mexico, through a coordinated effort between the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and Mexican federal authorities. Authorities say he was deported from Mexico on June 2, and he is now in custody in Houston. Authorities say his arrest was the result of a tip, and a reward up to $3,000 will be paid. Anderson was wanted for parole violation.
DPS says Maxwell a confirmed Bloods gang member, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin. Maxwell was wanted for parole violation. The arrest was not the result of a tip, and no reward will be paid.
Responding to tip information, the Leon County Sheriff's Office coordinated efforts with the U.S. Marshals Service North Texas Fugitive Task Force to locate Sandoval in Dallas. The arrest was the result of a tip, and a reward up to $3,000 will be paid. Sandoval was wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, escape and bond forfeiture.
So far in 2015, DPS says their agency and others have arrested 16 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including 13 sex offenders and three gang members, and $35,000 in rewards have been paid for tips that resulted in arrests. The cash rewards are funded by the Governor's Criminal Justice Division.
DPS reminds the public to not attempt to apprehend fugitives, as they are considered armed and dangerous.
To be eligible for the cash rewards, there are five different ways to provide anonymous tips. Find out more on the DPS website.