Reward increased for Most Wanted fugitives from Abilene and Dallas
Featured December fugitives announced
Jesus Alberto Villegas Charles Edwin Klein
Two of the fugitives on the Texas 10 Most Wanted lists now have an extra $5,000 in cash added to their reward for the month of December. Your Texas Crime Stoppers tip is guaranteed to be anonymous.
Information leading to the arrest of Jesus Alberto Villegas of Abilene, this month’s featured Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitive, will bring tipsters up to $12,500 cash.
Villegas, 31, disappeared in 1998. He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and is wanted by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office for sexual assault of a child and probation violation. His criminal history also includes possession of a prohibited weapon (sawed-off rifle) and felony theft. He is considered armed and dangerous. (The photo above was taken in 1998.) For more information on Villegas, see his DPS Most Wanted poster: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/wanted/topTenFugitives.htm#;view=Details/fugitive=8.
Information leading to the arrest of Charles Edwin Klein of Dallas, this month’s featured Texas 10 Most Wanted sex offender, will bring a reward of up to $6,000 cash.
Klein, 53, has been on the run from police since 2004. He is wanted by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office for failure to register as a sex offender and for parole violations. Klein was convicted in the aggravated sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in 1984 and convicted of indecency with a child in 1991 after he exposed himself to a 16-year-old boy. For additional information about Klein, see: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/wanted/sexoffenders/topTenSexOffenders.htm#;view=Individual%20Details/fugitive=4.
One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list and one from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list are featured each month in hopes the higher reward money from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips. The higher reward amount will only be paid if the tip comes in the same month the fugitives are featured.
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 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders.
Anyone with information can provide anonymous tips in three different ways:
- 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.
All calls, texts or e-mails are anonymous, and tipsters will be given a tip number. You do not have to give your name.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives yourself; they are considered armed and dangerous.