AUSTIN - Johnny June Mason Jr., 48, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being captured Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La. Mason 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.
Working off investigative information, members of the U.S. Marshals Middle Louisiana Fugitive Task Force apprehended Mason without incident at a condominium complex in east Baton Rouge. The investigation that resulted in Mason’s arrest was a multi-agency effort that also included Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Special Agents and the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Houston.
In 1990, Mason was convicted in Louisiana of aggravated rape and aggravated crime against nature involving a 16-year-old girl. He was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison. Mason has a history of violating his parole and failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements. His last known address was in Harris County, and he had been a fugitive since June of 2016. For more information, see his captured bulletin.
So far in 2017, DPS and other agencies have arrested nine Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including four sex offenders and five gang members, and $27,500 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 three 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).
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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