Reward increased for wanted sex offender
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding the public that the reward for Jose Luis Rodriguez, 61, has been increased to $8,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during the month of August. Rodriguez, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month’s featured fugitive, is wanted for probation violation and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
Rodriguez’s last known address was in Grapevine, Texas, and he has previously worked as a licensed helicopter mechanic. Rodriguez has been wanted since 2013. His criminal history includes indecency with a child by sexual contact and sexual abuse of a child, involving two 11-year-old girls.
Rodriguez is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. For more information and updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=215.
One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is featured each month in the hope that the higher reward money from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips.
To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the five following methods:
- 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, 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 at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.