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January 30, 2013

Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Santos Francisco Sanchez, 45, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list, and a $5,000 cash reward is now offered for information leading to his capture. The Texas Syndicate gang member has a violent criminal past and is wanted for Parole Violation and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.  All tips can be offered anonymously. 

Sanchez was born in Brown County, but has primarily resided in the Tarrant County area, where he also has relatives. He was convicted in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Fort Worth in 1996, and was required to report to a halfway house after his release from prison in 2003, but he never registered with the La Villa Police Department in Hidalgo County. He has been known to work carpenter jobs.  (Please note the photos above are from 2003.)

Sanchez is 5 feet 10 inches tall and was last known to weigh approximately 205 pounds.  His tattoos include: dragon/skulls/devils on his left forearm, a heart on his upper left arm, a peacock on his upper right arm and heart/rose on his right forearm.  For more information, please view his wanted poster at: 

http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=181.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. There are four different ways to provide anonymous tips: 

• Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). 

• Text the letters DPS—followed by your tip—to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone. 

• 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 at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section). 

All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook messages are anonymous. 

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 at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous. 

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