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Crimewatch: DPS sets record for fugitive captures in 2012

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More violent criminals are returning to prison thanks to an increase in fugitive captures here in Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the US Marshal's Office had a very productive 2012. In fact, DPS set a record last year.

One of the Texas Department of Public Safety's top ten most wanted criminals is back behind bars.

James Anthony Rubio was captured after an anonymous tip led authorities to Bandera, 40 miles northwest of San Antonio, last week.

Rubio cut off his ankle monitor and took off from a Travis County residential center in Del Valle in October. His criminal history landed him on the top ten and includes aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, rape, and attempted rape.

One of his victims is a 14-year-old girl.

"He actually raped four women, three adult and one child so he was a very bad person, we needed to get him off the road," said Robbie Barrera of the DPS.

Rubio's capture continues the DPS Texas 10 most wanted program success. In 2012, it broke a record for the most captures with 30.DPS also paid out $93,000 in reward money.

DPS closely works with The US Marshals Service, which had at least 414 arrests last year. They are alerted of violent or high profile criminals.

Here are just a few of the ones the lone star fugitive task force captured.

Leslie Lloyd, 46, was caught in north Austin last month. He was on the run from Binghamton, New York for a sexual abuse charge of a 9-year-old girl.

Brandon Showers, 25, was nabbed in Austin in December. He's wanted for armed robberies in the Detroit area.

The task force got 40-year-old David Wampler in downtown Austin in 2012. He was on the run from New York for rape, injury to a child, and providing dangerous drugs to children.

"We have to make people in the community are comfortable that if they come to us with information, that we will protect them and make sure that information is confidential," Robert Marcum of DPS said.

Both agencies credit revamping their process of submitting tips to a rise of arrests. Tipsters can call in, text, or use social media. Authorities hope they get as many, if not more tips, in 2013.

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