AUSTIN – Robert Houston Hayes, 56, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody after being captured on Feb. 25 in Missouri. Hayes, a violent sex offender with an extensive criminal history, was wanted for parole violation. The arrest was not the result of a Crime Stoppers tip, and no reward will be paid.
On Feb. 25, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office located Hayes at a rural residence in Harrisonville, Mo., and he was arrested. Hayes had been a fugitive since Oct. 23, 2015, when he failed to arrive at a halfway house in El Paso after being released from a facility in Houston. While traveling to El Paso, Hayes removed the ankle monitor he was required to wear and absconded.
In 1998, Hayes was convicted of sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Nebraska and was sentenced to three years in prison. Hayes also was wanted in New Mexico for failure to appear and probation violation. For more information, see his captured bulletin.
So far in 2016, DPS and other agencies have arrested three Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including two sex offenders and two gang members.
To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the four following 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 on the link under their picture.
- Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
- Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store and for Android users on Google Play.
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.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.
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