Texas DPS adds Fort Worth man to top 10 most wanted sex offender list

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The Texas Department of Public Safety says they have added a Fort Worth man to the state's top 10 most wanted sex offenders list for failure to register as a sex offender and a parole violation.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says they have added a Fort Worth man to the state’s top 10 most wanted sex offenders list for failure to register as a sex offender and a parole violation.

Texas DPS is asking for the public’s help in offering tips leading to the arrest of 37-year-old Valentine Johnathan Price. Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward up to $3,000 for information leading to his arrest.

All tips, the Texas DPS says, are anonymous. To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters need to provide information to authorities using one of the three following methods:

  • Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • 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 by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

DPS is asking the public to not approach or attempt to apprehend Price as he is considered armed and dangerous.

Price was convicted of sexual assault of a child following an incident with a four-year-old girl. In 2018, Price was convicted of failure to comply with a sex offender’s duty to register. He was released on parole in January 2020, but has been wanted since May 2020 when he allegedly violated his parole and absconded from his last known address in Fort Worth.

Valentine Johnathan Price — Courtesy: Texas DPS

Price may be going by the name “Jon” and is around 5-6, 145 pounds with tattoos on his back, upper chest, and both arms. DPS says Price also has scars on his forehead.

DPS says they have, along with other agencies, arrested 15 of the state’s top 10 most wanted fugitives and sex offenders, including four gang members and seven sex offenders in 2021. $20,500 have been paid out in rewards for tips that have yielded arrests.

Ben Scharnberg
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