Austin, Tx — James Anthony Rubio, 55, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested Monday in Bandera as the result of a tip. Rubio, the first Texas Department of Public Safety Most Wanted fugitive arrested in 2013, is considered a sexually violent sex offender who was being electronically monitored at the time of his escape. The anonymous tipster will receive a $5,000 reward from Texas Crime Stoppers.
Rubio was a civilly committed sex offender who was discharged from prison in April 2012, after serving 20 years in prison for sexual assault. On Sept. 30, 2012, he cut off his ankle bracelet monitor and fled from the Travis County Residential Center in Del Valle. Shortly after a tip was received Monday, Rubio was apprehended at a residence in Bandera, where he attempted to escape by jumping out of a window. The arrest was made by the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which includes the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Rubio had outstanding warrants for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Civil Commitment requirements and a federal warrant for Sex Offense. His lengthy criminal history includes Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, Rape, Attempted Rape and Terroristic Threat.
Rubio’s captured bulletin can be viewed at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=168. The cash rewards are funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.
The following link, http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/video/tipsterVideo.htm, explains the steps on how to submit a tip regarding a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive or Sex Offender and/or how to receive a reward once the fugitive is captured.
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. 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.