95° F
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
84° F
San Angelo
92° F

Man, 33, last seen in Abilene about 14 years ago named state's 'Featured Fugitive'

Published On: Jan 03 2013 11:28:18 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 03 2013 11:28:33 AM CST
Jesus Alberto Villegas
AUSTIN, Texas -

A man last seen in Abilene in 1998 is the Texas Department of Public Safety’s “Featured Fugitive” for this month.

According to a DPS release, the reward for Jesus Alberto Villegas, 33, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, has increased to $17,500 for “information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during the month of January.”

Villegas is presently wanted for sexual assault of a child, felony theft, and prohibited weapons violation. In addition to last being seen in Abilene about 14 years ago, Villegas has family in the Dallas area, the release said.

Texas Crime Stoppers tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Villegas is 5 feet 11 inches tall and was last known to weigh about 145 pounds.  He has a tattoo on his back and has been known as “Pecas.”

Here’s some more information from the DPS release:

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. All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook tip messages are anonymous.

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).  
  • The following link, http://bit.ly/VqydsJ, 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.

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 the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders (http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/).

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.