Three of the 10 most wanted fugitives and sex offenders in Texas have been arrested in the past week, according to the state Department of Public Safety.
A Tuesday news release from the agency said the three arrests occurred between November 15 and 17.
Fugitive Julián Murillo was arrested on November 15 in California, while sex offenders Catarino Chávez III and Daniel Munoz were arrested on November 17 in Dallas and San Antonio, respectively.
Texas DPS said Murillo’s capture followed a tip made to Texas Crime Stoppers, for which a reward of up to $5,000 will be paid to the unidentified caller.
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Murillo, 23, was located and arrested in Olivehurst, California, by the US Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force.
He has been wanted by the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office since December 2021 for murder, aggravated robbery, evading arrest/detention and failure to identify. The arrest warrants were issued for Murillo after his alleged involvement in the death of a 19-year-old man in September 2021 in Victoria, Texas.
Chavez, 60, was arrested by multiple agencies at a residence in Dallas.
They had been looking for him since May, when the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a warrant for his arrest for violation of probation. In August, the Grand Prairie Police Department issued another warrant for his arrest for failing to register as a sex offender.
Chávez was convicted in 1998 of attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to five years. In 2005, he was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child following incidents involving a 13- and 14-year-old girl.
He was sentenced to 20 years on each charge, but was paroled in June 2021.
Munoz, 40, was arrested at a residence in San Antonio by multiple agencies, including the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the US Navy Criminal Investigative Service. The US assisted in the arrest.
He had been wanted since February, when the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office issued two warrants for his arrest for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.
In 2000, Muñoz was convicted of robbery and sentenced to 10 years. Five years later, he was convicted of two counts of sexual assault on a child following an incident with a 14-year-old girl. He received two separate 10-year sentences to serve simultaneously, but was released early. The exact release date was not available.
In 2019, he was convicted of failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements and sentenced to three years of probation.
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In 2022, Texas DPS said its officers and other agencies arrested 64 people on the state’s top 10 most wanted fugitives and sex offenders list, including 22 gang members and 34 sex offenders.
$88,000 in rewards has also been paid to tipsters who provided information leading to an arrest. Anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of someone on the Texas 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 on, or through the Texas 10 Most Wanted Facebook page. by clicking “Submit a hint”.
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All tips are submitted anonymously and tipsters will be given a number instead of having to use their name.