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2012-10-18

$5K reward offered for fugitive sex offender

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Law enforcement personnel with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) have 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 failing to comply with civil commitment requirements.
Elkins fled from an east Houston halfway house where he was electronically monitored until Oct. 5. He has family in Texas, Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, and has worked as a truck driver and diesel mechanic.
Elkins' arrests include aggravated sexual assault, assault, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape, forcible rape and indecent liberties with a child. Additionally, 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. For more information, 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.
Methods of providing anonymous tips include:
• Calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
• Text the letters DPS - followed by the tip - to 274637 (CRIMES) from cell phones.
• Submitting a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the specific fugitive and then clicking on the link under their 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, emails 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 and photos, the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.
Do not attempt to apprehend this fugitive; he is considered armed and dangerous.