AUSTIN – Christopher Soloya Jr., 30, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and Tango Blast Houstone gang member, is now in custody after being captured July 21 in Houston. Soloya was wanted for parole violation and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. The arrest was the result of a tip, and a reward up to $3,000 will be paid.
Working off tip information, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Criminal Investigations Division located and arrested Soloya without incident in northwest Houston. The Houston Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted in the investigation. Soloya's last known address was in Houston.
In June 2007, Soloya was arrested by the Houston Police Department for burglarizing the apartment of a woman with the intent to commit a sexual assault. He was convicted and served time in prison. In March 2015, Soloya was released on parole. For more information, see his captured bulletin.
So far in 2016, DPS and other agencies have arrested 10 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including six sex offenders and four gang members, and $18,500 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 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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