AUSTIN – Javier Cortez Jr., 32, who was July’s Featured Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody after his capture in Mexico and his extradition to the U.S. The $15,000 reward will be paid on three tips that helped lead to his capture. Cortez, a Tango Blast gang member, is jailed in Willacy County. He faces a 2010 Harris County murder charge that stems from a robbery in which an accomplice shot the 29-year-old victim twice, and Cortez allegedly stood over the victim and shot him nine more times.
Cortez is the third Most Wanted Fugitive or Sex Offender returned from Mexico this year. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the Policia Ministerial Estatal in Matamoros, Mexico; the U.S. Marshals Service; Federal Bureau of Investigation; DPS Criminal Investigations agents and Texas Rangers all played roles in the arrest or investigation that culminated in Mexican authorities turning Cortez over to U.S. authorities at the Brownsville and Matamoros Bridge on Friday, July 6. For more information, view his captured bulletin at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/Texas10MostWanted/capturedDetails.aspx?id=8.
In 2012, DPS and other agencies have arrested 21 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including 15 gang members, and $60,500 in rewards have been paid for tips that resulted in arrests.
One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is 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 fugitive is featured.
Anyone with information can provide anonymous tips in four 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.
- 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 featured in the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program. 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.