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2013-01-17

'Most Wanted' caught in Bandera County

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A recent arrest in Bandera County took one of Texas' "10 Most Wanted Sexual Offenders" off the streets. This was the first "Most Wanted" arrest in 2013.
An anonymous out-of-county tip led to the capture of James Anthony Rubio, 55, the evening of Monday, Jan. 7. The anonymous informant will receive a $5,000 reward from Texas Crime Stoppers. Rubio had been on the run for three months. Following a brief foot chase, deputies with the Bandera County Sheriff's Office and United States Marshals assigned to the Lone Star Task Force arrested the suspect near a residence in the 200 block off Upper Mason Creek Road when he had been staying.
As law enforcement officers surrounded the residence, Rubio jumped out of a back window and ran approximately 20 yards before being taken into custody. He was transported to Bandera County Jail without further incident. Rubio remains incarcerated without bond, awaiting extradition to Travis County.
BCSO officers involved in the arrest included Capt. Shane Merritt, Sgt. Danny Sanchez, Cpl. Rob Vela, Deputy Louis Moreno and Deputy Carlos Reyes. "The US Marshals had 10 to 12 officers there," said BCSO Chief Deputy Matt King. "This suspect was a high priority for them."
King indicated that Rubio had been living alone in one of several small shed-like dwellings on the property for about six weeks. The landlord, who was interviewed extensively by the US Marshals, according to King, had no idea his tenant was a fugitive. "Apparently Rubio decided to hide in Bandera because his mother lives in San Antonio and he was looking for somewhere outside the city," King said.
Commending BCSO deputies and US Marshals for their exemplary work, King added, "We are very pleased that this individual is in jail. He's dangerous and needs to be locked up. After all he was one of the DPS Top 10 Most Wanted sexual offenders."
King also revealed that after the capture, the BCSO received an email from Rubio's former wife who characterized her ex-husband as "a monster" and thanked the officers for assisting in his apprehension.
Regarding Rubio's capture, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas Robert R. Almonte said, "This fugitive was on the run and eluded police for far too long, but through the joint efforts of state and federal law enforcement officers, another sexually violent predator no longer walks our streets."
Described as a "sexually violent predator," Rubio had served four years in the military. His outstanding warrants included sexual offense, failure to comply with civil commitment requirements and failure to register as a sex offender, as well as flight escape.
Rubio's lengthy criminal history included aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, rape, attempted rape and making terroristic threats.
Law enforcement authorities had been searching for Rubio since he was placed on the Most Wanted list in October.
In April 2012, Rubio was released from prison after serving a 20-year sentence for sexual assault. According to a 2012 media release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Rubio had been in prison after being convicted for sexually assaulting four women. Three were in their 20s, while the fourth victim was 14 years old. During these offenses, Rubio threatened to kill his victims and their loved ones, beat the victims and used scissors or other objects, such as bondage, to prevent their escape.
Just after 11:30 pm, on Oct. 1, he cut off his electronic ankle monitor and disappeared from the Travis County Residential Center in Del Valle - and has been on the rum ever since.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has declared January to be Crime Stoppers Month in Texas. According to the governor's proclamation, anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers programs in the state have led to 175,000 arrests and $1.2 billion in property recovered and narcotics seized since 1976. The proclamation is available in its entirety at
http://www.thetexascrimestoppers.org/resource_library/2013_January-Crime-Stoppers-Month.pdf.
Last year, 30 DPS Most Wanted fugitives and sex offenders were arrested, and a record $93,000 was paid in cases where tips led to arrests.
Funded by the Governor's Criminal Justice Division, Texas Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. Tips can be provided 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 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.
The public is reminded not to attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.

Pictured: Courtesy photo
Sex offender James Anthony Rubio at the time of his capture