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2013-05-09

'Featured Fugitive' reward increased to $20K

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The reward for Juan Carlos Marizcal, 34, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, has increased to $20,000 for information leading to his arrest if the tip comes in during May. Texas Crime Stoppers tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

A member of the Texas Mexican Mafia, Marizcal has a violent criminal past and is wanted for homicide, engaging in organized criminal activity and flight to avoid prosecution.

He has ties to Laredo, which was his last known address. His criminal history includes homicide, robbery, assault causing bodily injury, terroristic threat and arson. He is wanted in connection with a 2010 murder in Laredo.

Marizcal is 5 feet 8 inches tall and was last known to weigh approximately 200 pounds. He has multiple tattoos, including "joker" on the outside of his right calf, and other tattoos on his neck, chest, right arm and upper left arm. For more information, view his wanted bulletin at:

http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=162.

Each month, one offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is featured 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.

The link, http://bit.ly/VqydsJ, explains the steps on how to submit a tip regarding a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive or Sex Offender and how to receive a reward once the fugitive is captured. Anonymous 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 a fugitive and 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, 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. Current lists with photos are available at

http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.

The public is reminded not to attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.