Three of the top 10 most wanted fugitives and sex offenders in Texas were arrested last week, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety.
An agency press release on Tuesday said all three arrests took place between November 15 and 17.
Fugitive Julian Murillo was arrested in California on November 15, while sex offenders Catarino Chavez III and Daniel Munoz were both arrested on November 17 in Dallas and San Antonio, respectively.
Texas DPS said Murillo’s capture followed a tip to Texas Crime Stoppers, allowing a reward of up to $5,000 to be paid to the unidentified caller.
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Murillo, 23, was located and arrested in Olivehurst, Calif. by the US Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force, DPS Special Agents and the US Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force.
He has been wanted by the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office since December 2021 for murder, aggravated robbery, evasion of arrest/detention and lack of identification. The warrants were issued for Murillo following his alleged involvement in the September 2021 death of a 19-year-old man in Victoria, Texas.
Chavez, 60, was arrested by multiple authorities at a Dallas residence.
He has been wanted since May, when the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a parole violation warrant. In August, the Grand Prairie Police Department issued another arrest warrant for him for failing to register as a sex offender.
Chavez was found guilty of attempted aggravated sexual assault on a child in 1998 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 was sentenced to 20 years in prison for each charge but was paroled in June 2021.
Munoz, 40, was arrested at a San Antonio apartment building by multiple agencies including U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, DPS Special Agents, Texas Highway Patrol, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, the Bexar County Attorney’s Office and the Texas The Department of Justice, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service all assisted in the arrest.
He has been wanted since February, when two warrants were issued for his arrest by the Bexar County Sheriff for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.
In 2000, Munoz was found guilty of robbery and sentenced to 10 years. Five years later, he was convicted of twice sexually assaulting a child after an incident involving a 14-year-old girl. He received two separate 10-year sentences to be served concurrently, but was paroled early. The exact release date was not available.
In 2019, he was sentenced to three years’ probation for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.
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In 2022, the Texas DPS said its officers and other agencies arrested 64 people on the state’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders list, including 22 gang members and 34 sex offenders.
Rewards of $88,000 were also paid to tipsters who provided information leading to an arrest. Anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of someone on Texas’s 10 Most Wanted List is eligible for a cash reward.
Tips can be submitted to authorities by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477), through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, or through the Texas 10 Most Wanted Facebook by clicking on “Submit a tip”.
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All tips are submitted anonymously and tipsters are given a number instead of having to give their name.