AUSTIN – Ricco Leo Torres, 33, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Barrio Azteca gang member, is now in custody after being arrested on Tuesday in California. Torres was wanted for felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, and he has a violent criminal history, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and 13 arrests since 1997.
A series of tips received by El Paso Crime Stoppers led investigators to Corona, Calif., where Torres was arrested by a California-based U.S. Marshals Service Task Force. Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division assisted in the arrest. The arrest was the result of a tip, and a reward up to $10,000 will be paid. For more information, see the captured bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=167.
So far in 2013, DPS and other agencies have arrested 20 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including eight gang members, and $44,000 in rewards has been paid for tips that resulted in arrests. The cash rewards are funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.
Anyone with information can provide anonymous tips in four different ways:
All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook messages are anonymous.
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.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives featured in the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program. To view the current lists – with photos – visit 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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