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DPS: Two of Texas' most wanted fugitives arrested

Top 10 Most Wanted fugitive Eric Munoz was arrested in Donna; one of the state's 10 most wanted sex offenders, Marcus Lee Torres, was arrested in Snyder.
Credit: Texas Department of Pubic Safety

TEXAS, USA — The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Thursday two of Texas’ Top 10 fugitives have been arrested.

According to a release from DPS, Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitive Eric Munoz was arrested May 4, in Donna, during Operation Lone Star. One of Texas' 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders, Marcus Lee Torres, was arrested May 7, in Snyder.

Crime Stoppers rewards will not be paid in either case, the release said.

Munoz, 33, is affiliated with the Tango Blast Valluco gang. He was arrested by DPS special agents and Texas Highway Patrol troopers, who found and arrested him during a traffic stop on a residential street in Donna. He had narcotics and currency on him at the time.

Munoz was added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list April 29, 2021. He was released from prison in 2017, and placed on parole. Munoz had been wanted by authorities since Oct. 25, 2020, after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a parole violation warrant for his arrest. Previously, he was convicted of multiple criminal offenses, including unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. For more information on Munoz, see his captured bulletin.

Marcus Lee Torres, 39, was added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List April 1, 2021. He was arrested May 7 after a citizen’s call about a suspicious person in Snyder. Snyder Police Department officers arrested Torres on a residential street following a short foot chase.

Torres had been wanted by law enforcement since he was released from a Texas Department of Criminal Justice Facility Jan. 30, 2020, and failed to report to his parole officer. He had an active arrest warrant for a parole violation. Another warrant for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements was issued by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in April 2020. He was sentenced to 30 years in a TDCJ prison after he was convicted in Nolan County on two counts of aggravated sexual assault for sexually assaulting two young boys, ages 7 and 9. For more information, see his captured bulletin.

Texas Crime Stoppers, funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Commission, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. In 2020, Texas Crime Stoppers paid $20,000 in rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.