When an alleged criminal appears on a most wanted list, agencies across the country are alerted. Recently, one of the most wanted fugitives in Texas was arrested more than 1,000 miles away from the scene of his alleged crime in Michigan.
Recently ABC 13 reported 22-year-old Samuel Steel was taken into custody in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He was wanted in connection with an armed robbery at an apartment complex in Coryell County in Texas a year earlier in 2016.
Investigators claim Steel was one of a group of men who robbed several victims held at gunpoint at the Texas complex.
Steel is accused of membership of the Bloods gang. He was taken into custody by the Michigan State Police 5th District Fugitive Team.
A report on ABC13 stated Texas Department of Public Safety and other agencies picked up 15 of the state’s most wanted fugitives and sex offenders this year and paid tipsters more than $40,000 in rewards.
At any one time, 10 most wanted fugitives and sex offenders are displayed on The Texas Department of Public Safety website.
These individuals are highlighted as posing a “ significant threat to public safety in the state.”
They can earn a cash reward in the amount designated for each person.
Each month, one fugitive or a sex offender is designated as “featured.” The reward for his or her capture is upped during this time.
The suspects span a wide range of ages. In August, an 18-year-old from North Texas was added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list.
Christopher Ricardo Gonzalez, 18, appeared on the list for alleged crimes of aggravated robbery and organized crime, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release.
The DPS statement said Gonzalez was linked to the Bloods gang in the South Dallas area. He is accused of involvement in a series of local home invasions between Oct. 2016 and Feb. 2017.
Gonzalez’s alleged criminal history includes unlawful carrying of a weapon, terroristic threats, and evading arrest, stated the DPS.
DPS and other agencies have arrested 15 of Texas’ most wanted fugitives and sex offenders so far this year and paid out than $40,000 in rewards to tipsters.
Despite cash inducements, it can take years for fugitives to be apprehended. Recently, we noted how a man who was on the list for three years was picked up in Dallas.
Contact our criminal defense lawyer here if you have been charged with a crime in the Fort Worth area.