Texas DPS captures fugitive from top-10 most wanted list

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas DPS) says they have captured one of their fugitives from their top-10 most wanted list.

Texas DPS says they arrested 42-year-old Royneco Tiun Harris as part of the North Texas Anti-Gang (TAG) Center. The Texas Highway Patrol, Dallas Police Department and members of the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted in Harris’ arrest. No Crime Stoppers reward will be paid out.

Harris had been wanted since Oct. 2021. During Harris’ trial for the 2019 fatal shooting of a man and the victim’s child, Harris removed his GPS monitoring device and fled, Texas DPS says.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for his arrest. Harris’ trial continued in absentia, with Harris being found guilty and sentenced to 99 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prison.

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Harris has a history of weapons offenses and in 2011, was arrested for a probation violation on federal charges. In 2015 and 2018, he was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Harris was added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List on Feb. 17, 2022. For more information, view his captured bulletin.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Commission, 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 in 2022, DPS and other agencies have arrested 15 people off the lists, including five gang members and nine sex offenders. In addition, $32,500 in rewards has been paid for tips that yielded arrests.