AUSTIN – Freddie Alaniz, 37, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody after being arrested Feb. 26 in Mexico. Alaniz was wanted for murder and sexual assault of a child, and has been a fugitive since 2006. The arrest was not the result of tip information received through Texas Crime Stoppers, and no reward will be paid.
Working off investigative information, a joint investigation between the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Special Agents determined that Alaniz had fled to Mexico. Further investigation with Mexican authorities revealed Alaniz was in Cancun, Mexico, where he was taken into custody. On Feb. 27, he was returned to the U.S. Alaniz was transported from a detention facility near Houston to San Antonio today.
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In February 2006, Alaniz was arrested for aggravated assault in San Antonio for allegedly stabbing a man during a fight, but he was able to make bail and subsequently fled. The victim later died as a result of his injuries, and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for murder in August 2006. The sexual assault of a child arrest warrant stems from a 2006 incident in Zavala County. Alaniz was added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list in May of 2014. For more information, see his captured bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/MostWanted/fugitiveDetails?id=243.
So far in 2018, DPS and other agencies have arrested six Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including three gang members and one sex offender.
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. To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the five following methods:
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).
Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/texas-dps/id902092368?mt=8) and for Android users on Google Play: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microassist.texasdps&hl=en).
All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.
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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.
Source: Texas Department of Public Safety