Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender Steve Garcia Lopez, 53, was captured on Friday, November 8th in Victoria, Texas. Lopez was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. He was arrested following a Crime Stoppers tip, and a reward of $3,000 will be paid.
Working off the tip information, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Special Agents, along with deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service Victoria division, located and apprehended Lopez in Victoria.
Lopez had been wanted since August 2018, after he absconded from his last known address in Abilene, Texas. In 1999, Lopez was convicted in Nolan County of aggravated sexual assault for an incident involving a 10-year-old girl. He received a five-year sentence in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison. For more information, see his captured bulletin.
So far this year, DPS and other agencies have arrested 24 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including 13 sex offenders and nine gang members. In addition, $40,500 in rewards have been paid for tips that have yielded arrests.
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.
To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the three following methods:
- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
- Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
- Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted – and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.
Press Release from the Texas Department of Public Safety