April 20, 2017
Media and Communications Office
Texas 10 Most
Wanted Sex Offender Arrested in Florida
AUSTIN – Jose
Mario Lopez, 59, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after
being captured Monday in Winter Haven, Fla. Lopez was wanted for parole
violation and failure to register as a sex offender. The arrest was not the
result of tip information received through Texas Crime Stoppers, and no reward
will be paid.
Winter Haven Police
Department officers took Lopez into custody without incident at a park in
central Winter Haven.
In January 2017, Lopez
knowingly and intentionally cut off his ankle monitor and absconded from a
Houston facility, and remained at large until his capture. In 1983, Lopez was
convicted in San Patricio County of burglary of habitation with the intent to
commit a sex offense. He subsequently received a 70-year prison sentence, and
was released on parole in 2015 and required to register as a sex offender for
more information, see his captured bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/capturedDetails.aspx?id=357.
So far in 2017, DPS and other agencies
have arrested six Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including
three sex offenders and four gang members, and $22,500 in rewards have been
paid for tips that resulted in arrests.
To be eligible for the cash
rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of
the five following methods:
All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters
will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.
DPS investigators work with
local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted
Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos –
on the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.
Do not attempt to apprehend
these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.
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