Three of Texas’ top 10 most wanted criminals are back in custody following recent arrests. Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Julian Murillo was arrested in California on November 15. Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders Catarino Chavez III was arrested Nov. 17 in Dallas, and Daniel Munoz was also arrested Nov. 17 in San Antonio. A Crime Stoppers reward is paid upon Murillo’s capture.
Julian Exavier Murillo, 23, of Refugio, was arrested in Olivehurst, California. Members of the US Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force, including DPS Special Agents, coordinate with the US Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Murillo.
Murillo has been wanted since December 2021, when the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for his arrest on counts of murder, aggravated robbery, evasion of arrest/detention and failing to identify himself. These warrants were issued following Murillo’s alleged involvement in the September 2021 death of a 19-year-old man in Victoria, Texas. See his captured bulletin for more information.
Catarino Nino Chavez III, 60, of Grand Prairie, was arrested at an apartment building by members of the US Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force, including DPS Special Agents. The Grand Prairie Police Department, Mansfield Police Department, Dallas County Attorney’s Office and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) assisted in the arrest.
Chavez had been wanted since May, when the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a warrant for his parole violation. In August, the Grand Prairie Police Department issued an arrest warrant for him for failing to register as a sex offender.
In 1998, Chavez was convicted of attempting aggravated sexual assault on a child and sentenced to five years in prison. In 2005, he was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and two counts of indecency with a child after incidents involving a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old girl. He then received 20 years in prison for each charge. He was released on parole in June 2021. See his captured bulletin for more information.
Daniel Joe Munoz, 40, of San Antonio, was arrested at an apartment building by members of the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, including DPS Special Agents. Texas Highway Patrol, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, TDCJ, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service all assisted in the arrest.
Munoz has been wanted since February 2022, when the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office issued two warrants for his arrest for failing to meet sex offender registration requirements.
In 2000, Munoz was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery. In 2005, he was convicted of twice sexually assaulting a child following incidents involving a 14-year-old girl. He then received two 10-year prison sentences. In 2019, Munoz was sentenced to three years’ probation for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements. See his captured bulletin for more information.
Texas Crime Stoppers, funded by the Governor’s Department of Criminal Justice, is offering a cash reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of one of Texas’ 10 most wanted fugitives or sex offenders. So far in 2022, DPS and other agencies have arrested 64 of Texas’ 10 most wanted fugitives and sex offenders, including 22 gang members and 34 sex offenders. In addition, $88,000 in rewards were paid for tips that led to arrests.
To be eligible for cash rewards, Tipster GOT TO Providing information to authorities using one of the following three methods:
- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
- Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about and then clicking the link below their picture.
- Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SEND TIP” link (below the About section).
All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted – and tipsters are given a tip number instead of a name.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sexual Offenders Lists. The current lists – with photos – can be found on the DPS website.
Don’t try to apprehend these fugitives; They are considered armed and dangerous.