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New info on most wanted fugitive from Weslaco Known Ties to Valley, Mexico and Colorado


Authorities have additional information on this month's featured fugitive, Gaspar E. Loya III, including his ties to the Rio Grand Valley, Mexico and Colorado.

During the month of March, a $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

This is the largest cash reward offered to date for a featured fugitive under the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program. Texas Crime Stoppers tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Loya, 37, is wanted for escape, parole violation and failure to comply with sex offender registration. He is also wanted by the FBI for unlawful flight to avoid confinement. Loya's previous convictions include murder, assault, indecency with a child that involved an 8-year-old girl, burglary of a habitation and vehicle theft.

His last known address was in Weslaco, and he has family in the Valley. Additionally, he is known to travel to Mexico and has ties to both Chihuahua and Tamaulipas. Loya also has ties to Colorado, where he was arrested under his alias of "Jesus Dominguez" and escaped from custody in July 2000.

He has often used the nicknames "Pipo" and "Diesel." His wanted poster is available at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?&fugitive=Gaspar%20E.%20Loya,%20III&id=2.

Loya has tattoos displaying the name of his daughter "Jazmine" on his back and his daughter "Tyra" on his abdomen. On his left hand, he has a web and his right thigh displays a combination heart-chain-Lisa tattoo.

He also has a cut scar on his left arm.

One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is featured each month in hopes the higher reward money from the Governor's Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips. The higher reward amount will only be paid if the tip comes in the same month the fugitive is featured, regardless of citizenship or nationality.

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.

Those with information can provide anonymous tips by:

• Calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).

• Texting the letters DPS - followed by the tip - to 274637 (CRIMES) from a cell phone.

• Submitting a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the appropriate fugitive and then clicking on the link under the picture.

• Submitting a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the "SUBMIT A TIP" link (under the "About" Section).

All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook messages are anonymous.

For more information on specific fugitives or the crimes they are accused of, contact the local police agency in the area where the fugitive was last seen.

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives on the Texas 10 Most Wanted list. The current list - with photos - can be found on the DPS website at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/texas10mostwanted/. The list is updated as needed.