Texas DPS adds 2 to Top 10 most wanted lists

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added one man to the state’s top 10 most wanted fugitives list and the other man to the state’s top 10 most wanted sex offender list.

Texas DPS announced they have added 36-year-old Joshua David Whitworth to the top 10 most wanted fugitive list and 38-year-old John Oliver Talmadge McMickings to the top 10 most wanted sex offender list.

DPS is asking for the assistance of the public in identifying the individuals and stresses that the fugitives are armed and dangerous and no citizen should attempt apprehension.

Whitworth is 6-5 and weighs around 290 pounds with tattoos on his chest, back, abdomen, left finger, right leg, both arms and wrists and both feet. Whitworth has ties to Montgomery and Harris counties, including Magnolia, Conroe and the northern areas of Houston. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, view his wanted bulletin.

McMickings is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He has tattoos on his back and both arms. He has ties to El Paso and Plainview. For more information or in the event of his arrest, view McMickings’ wanted bulletin.

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 Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives or Sex Offenders. So far this year, DPS and other agencies have arrested 28 criminals off these lists, including 11 gang members and 14 sex offenders. In addition, $54,000 in rewards has been paid for tips that yielded arrests.

All tips are anonymous.


To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters are required to provide information to authorities using one of the following three 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 then clicking on the link under their picture.
  • Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).