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News Release

April 5, 2013

Escaped Murder Suspect From Hopkins County Captured

AUSTIN – Brian Allen Tucker, 45, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang, is now in custody after being arrested on Thursday in Cooper, Texas (Delta County). Tucker, along with fellow escapee John King, was captured by multiple law enforcement agencies. The two men had escaped Tuesday morning from the Hopkins County Jail.

Investigative leads led law enforcement to a property in Cooper, Texas, where investigators believed the pair was being harbored by the homeowner and stepson. The fugitives were found in the loft of a barn behind the house.

Tucker, who was awaiting trial for capital murder at the time of his escape, and King were both transported to Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office without incident. This arrest was not the result of a tip and no reward will be paid. See Tucker’s captured bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/capturedDetails.aspx?id=192.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation and capture, including the U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, Texas Rangers, Texas Highway Patrol, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, Sulphur Springs Police Department, Texas Game Wardens, Commerce Police Department, Red River County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler Police Department, Longview Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Office of the Inspector General, and Lamar County Sheriff’s Office.

So far in 2013, DPS and other agencies have arrested 10 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including three gang members, and $10,000 in rewards have been paid for tips that resulted in arrests. The cash rewards are funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.

There are four different ways to provide anonymous tips:

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/.

The following link, http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/video/tipsterVideo.htm, explains the steps on how to submit a tip regarding a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive or Sex Offender and/or how to receive a reward once the fugitive is captured.

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

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