Saturday, June 29, 2013

Texas Top 10 Fugitive Arrested

U.S. Marshals led-Fugitive Task Force arrests El Paso native in California

El Paso, TX - Rico Torres, 33, of El Paso, Texas, was arrested today by the U.S. Marshals led-Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force in Corona, California without incident. The El Paso based Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in conjunction with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Criminal Investigation Division, were tipped to Torres’s location anonymously leading Texas investigators to collaborate with their California counterparts.

The Texas task force determined through the course of their local investigation that Torres was using an assumed name of a prisoner presently serving a sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The tip indicated that Torres was currently located in a home in the 2100 block of Garretson Circle in Corona, located southeast of Los Angeles.

Torres was charged by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 2011 based on allegations that Torres manufactured and delivered controlled substances. In 2012, the Texas Department of Public Safety added Torres as a Texas Top 10 Most Wanted fugitive. A reward of up to $10,000 was offered for information leading to the arrest of Torres, a documented gang member with an extensive violent criminal history.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is currently conducting a separate investigation to determine if family or associates of Torres may have assisted Torres to elude apprehension and evade law enforcement.

Torres will remain in detention in Riverside County, California pending his extradition to Texas.

Robert Almonte, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states “The task force is grateful for the valuable assistance provided by the public in an effort to arrest one of the Texas Most Wanted. We all have a stake in removing fugitives from our communities to prevent potential crime.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

    El Paso Police Department
    El Paso Sheriff’s Office
    Homeland Security Investigations
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    United States Border Patrol
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    El Paso District Attorney’s Office
    United States Marshals Service.

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