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DPS seeks 'Most Wanted Fugitive' in Palestine area

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PALESTINE, TX - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has information that Ricco Leo Torres, 32, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, may be in or have ties to the Palestine area. A $10,000 cash reward is offered for his capture. The Barrio Azteca gang member has a violent criminal past and has been arrested 13 times and charged with 28 offenses since 1997.

Harboring a fugitive can lead to state and/or federal charges, with sentences varying from two to 10 years in prison. Anyone found to have been helping Torres avoid arrest will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Anyone with information is urged to call Texas Crime Stoppers, and all tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Torres, a native of Santa Clara, California, also has relatives and friends living in El Paso. His criminal history includes aggravated assault with deadly weapon, aggravated assault/bodily injury, engaging in organized crime, resisting/evading arrest, unauthorized use of a vehicle, tampering with evidence and drug offenses. He is currently wanted for felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.

Torres is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.  His tattoos include "Sandra" on the left side of his chest; a female figure, money bag, and gun in the center of his abdomen; "79," dragon, faces, tower, and clown in the center of his back; and "Rico" on the back of his neck.  For more information, please view his wanted bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=167.

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.

There are four 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).

All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook messages are anonymous.

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. To view the current lists—with photos—visit the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.

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