News Release

October 12, 2012

$5,000 Reward Offered for Fugitive Sex Offender from Houston

Dangerous predator escaped from electronic monitoring
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Thomas Lee Elkins, 58, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list, and a $5,000 cash reward is now offered for information leading to his capture. Elkins is identified as a sexually violent predator and is wanted for a felony charge of Failure to Comply with Civil Commitment Requirements. Texas Crime Stoppers tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Elkins fled from an east Houston halfway house where he was electronically monitored until October 5. He has family in Texas, Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, and has worked as a truck driver and diesel mechanic. His arrests include Aggravated Sexual Assault, Assault, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Rape, Forcible Rape and Indecent Liberties with Child. He was considered a person of interest in a serial homicide investigation outside of Texas, although no charges were ever filed.

Elkins is approximately 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has blue eyes, grey hair, a distinctive “Fu Manchu” moustache, wears silver glasses for reading only, and walks with a limp. He has also been known to shave his head and facial hair. (See photo above right.) For more information, please view his wanted poster at:http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=169.

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. 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. 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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