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TX AG FAU Rounds Up Violent Felon Parole Violators

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AUSTIN, TX  –  Last week, Office of the Attorney General Arlington and Austin Fugitive Unit Personnel conducted an operation that focused on apprehending and arresting parole violators with violent felony convictions, violent criminal history and gang affiliations.  The teams focused on parole violators in the Amarillo area, which consisted of both Potter and Randall counties.  During the week, 18 suspects were arrested.

The suspects were currently on parole for offenses such as Murder, Assault, Robbery, Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Assault Family Violence, Drugs and various other felonies, including violent criminal histories.  The Amarillo Police Department assisted with providing intel leading to some of the arrests.  The following suspects were arrested during the operation:

  • Ruben James Solis, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Burglary of Habitation Felony 2nd Degree in 2018 violated the conditions of his parole by being arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon.
  • Jeremy Juan Mendoza, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Injury to Child/Elderly/Disabled with Intent Bodily Injury Felony 3rd Degree in 2017.
  • Tiundrae Delmar Nelson, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 4-200 Grams in 2006 with a history of aggravated assault.
  • Michael Wayne Cooper, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 1-4 Grams in 2018 with a history of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
  • Chad Edwin Hooser, Amarillo, Parole Violations for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 1-4 Grams and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in 2017.
  • Antonio Ford Arreola, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 4-200 Grams and Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 1 4-200 Grams in 2013 with a criminal history of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
  • Alan Dale Howard, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Burglary of Habitation in 1994 with a history of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
  • Patricio Garza Guzman, Amarillo, Parole Violation for two counts of Burglary of Habitation in 2009 with a history of Possession of Firearms by a Felon.
  • Kevin Don Groom, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Murder in 1993.
  • Andrew Walter Pettis Jr, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Robbery Felony 2nd Degree in 2015.
  • Justin Guzman, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact and Attempted Indecency with a Child in 2015.
  • Mark Edward Fox, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Theft of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in 2017.
  • John Jennings, Amarillo, Parole Violation for two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in 2002.
  • Richard Earl Ewing, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in 2014.
  • Joseph Johnny Sustaita, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon in 2016.
  • David Ray Nivens, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Assault Breath Impediment Family/Household Member with Two Prior Convictions in 2018.
  • Ricardo Fernandez, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Burglary of a Habitation in 2016 with a criminal history of Robbery.
  • Angela Lynn Ramirez, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Injury to Child/Elderly/Disabled in 2016.
  • Steven Lee Thompson, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Aggravated Robbery in 2012. 

TX AG FAU Takes Down Child Predator Fugitives, Violent Fugitive For Murder

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TX AG Fugitive Apprehension Unit Roundsup 2 Child Predators and a Fugitive on TX DPS Top 10 Most Wanted.

AG Paxton’s Law Enforce­ment Round Up

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.

In Harris County, Leonard Dee Taylor was arrested in Houston on July 23 for failing to comply with his mandated sex offender registration requirements, and a corresponding warrant for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements issued in 2018 out of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.  Taylor was added to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List in May of 2019.  In 2003, Taylor was convicted of two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in Bowie County and was sentenced to twenty years in prison.  This arrest was made while working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Service, Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force, and assisted by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In Smith County, Dakevian Benoit Scroggins was arrested in Tyler on July 24 on outstanding warrants for Capitol Murder issued by the Tyler Police Department and Evading Arrest issued by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office.  Scroggins was added to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Top 10 Most Wanted in July of 2021.  In 2014, Scroggins was convicted of Prohibited Weapon in Smith County and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.  This arrest was made while working in conjunction with the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, along with the Tyler Police Department and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

In Wharton County, Francisco Avalos was arrested in Louise on three outstanding warrants for Sexual Assault of a Child, Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography and Online Solicitation of a Minor issued by the Victoria County 377th District Court.  This arrest was made while working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force out of Victoria.

TX AG FAU Stop Female Child Predator And 3 More Fugitives

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TX AG Fugitive Apprehension Unit Stop Female Child Predator, Violent Fugitives

AG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week:

In Dallas County, Jorge Antonio Cervantes was arrested in Dallas on July 21, on an outstanding warrant for Sexual Assault issued by the Waxahachie Police Department.

In Bexar County, Nicole Kristina Clayton was arrested in San Antonio on July 16, on an outstanding warrant for Sex Offense Against Child Fondling – Felony Indecency with a Child/Sexual Contact issued by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.  This arrest was made while working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio.

In Travis County, Milo Cortez Douglas was arrested in Austin on July 19, on an outstanding warrant for Murder issued by the Austin Police Department.  This arrest was made while working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.

In Dallas County, Facundo Dario Araya was arrested in Irving on July 20, on an outstanding warrant for Sexual Assault of a Child issued by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

TX AG Units Stop Child Trafficker, Violent Fugitives

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TX AG Units Stop Child Trafficker, Violent Fugitives

AG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

The Human Trafficking Unit made a noteworthy arrest last week.

In Smith County, on June 3, Brandon Lee Mon Johnson, 25, of Tyler was arrested for Continuous Trafficking of a Person.  Johnson was taken into custody after he was found with a minor who was believed to be a victim of domestic sex trafficking.  The investigation confirmed that Johnson had been sex trafficking the minor, and Johnson was transported to the Smith County Jail.  This arrest was made while working with the United States Marshal’s Task Force in Tyler.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.

In Travis County, Evan Lee Stough was arrested in Austin on June 2.  Stough was convicted in 2013 of Activities Relating to Material Constituting or Containing Child Pornography Felony in Bexar County.  Stough violated his probation, and the United States Marshals Service issued a corresponding Probation Violation – Obscenity warrant. This arrest was made while working with United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.

In Harris County, Melvin Kimble Jr. was arrested in Houston on June 1.  In 1988, Kimble was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault and Robbery in Harris County and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.  Kimble violated the terms of his parole by being involved in an alleged assault and TDCJ issued a corresponding Parole Violation warrant.

TX AG CEU Stops Purveyor Of Child Porn, FAU Takes Down Several

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TX AG Law Enforcement Units Stop Sewer Rats, Violent Offenders

AG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

The Child Exploitation Unit made one arrest last week.

In Williamson County, Peter Ray Craig was arrested on five counts of Possession of Child Pornography with Prior Conviction.  This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of images of child pornography to an online photo storage platform.  On May 20, investigators executed a search warrant at Craig’s home in Round Rock where more files of child pornography were found.  During an interview, Craig confessed to uploading and storing files of child pornography.  Four additional counts of Possession of Child Pornography with Prior Conviction were added to Craig’s charges. Investigators seized his cell phone for examination by the Digital Forensics Unit.  Craig was transported to the Williamson County Jail.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.

In Travis County, Zaoin Deshone Gilmore was arrested in Austin on May 17.  Gilmore had an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon issued by the Round Rock Police Department.  This arrest was made while working with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.

In Dallas County, Anthony Michael Arce was arrested in Rowlett on May 19.  Arce had outstanding warrants for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, 1st Degree Felony and Sexual Performance by Child, 2nd Degree Felony issued by the Marble Falls Police Department.

In Harris County, Gary Wayne George was arrested in Houston on May 19.  George had open felony warrants for Rape and Possession of Pornographic Material-Minor issued by the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office.  George also had a non-extraditable warrant for a Probation Violation issued by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.  George is a convicted sex offender.  In 1996, he was convicted of Attempted Sexual Abuse in Montgomery County, Alabama.  This arrest was made while working with the United States Marshals Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force out of Houston.

In Shelby County, Joseph Philip Landry was arrested in Center on May 20.  Landry had outstanding warrants from the State of Louisiana for 30 counts of Pornography Involving Juvenile (under the age of 13) and one count of Unauthorized use of a Wireless Router System; Pornography involving Juveniles (under that age of 13) issued by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation.  The Unit was assisted by the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.