CAPTURED – Sex offender added to most wanted list
UPDATE -Michael Cox was arrested July 20, on information received through Crime Stoppers. Cox is a convicted sex offender required to register annually for life.
Previous report –
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Michael Dwayne Cox, 46, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Cox, who is a violent sex offender, is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
Cox has ties to Houston and the Polk County (Onalaska and Livingston) and San Jacinto County (Point Blank) areas. In 1994, Cox was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child after an incident in Dallas County involving a 9-year-old girl. He subsequently was sentenced to 10 years in prison. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at: http://dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=293.
Cox is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs approximately 170 pounds and is known to wear glasses. Cox may be using the alias Michael Lightfoot. He has a tattoo on his right arm and a scar on his left arm. Cox has previously worked in maintenance jobs.
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, there are five different ways to provide anonymous tips:
- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
- Text the letters DPS – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
- 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 at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
- Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/texas-dps/id902092368?mt=8) and for Android users on Google Play: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microassist.texasdps&hl=en).
All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted.
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 at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.