Accused murderers, child sex offenders, rapists… some criminals like these have managed to avoid capture here in Central Texas for decades. The U.S. Marshals have formed a new cold case unit to track them down and bring them to justice.
The unit has found great success so far. Marshals arrested Sonny Adams last week. He was wanted for two counts of aggravated robbery. Austin police first released warrants for him in 1991. Marshals tracked him to Louisiana.
There are hundreds if not thousands of fugitives who have escaped arrest in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell and Bastrop counties.
If there is a photo at all, it's dated. Investigators must track many of the suspects down only guessing what they'd look like today.
They're finding the majority of the criminals are out of state. In the first few weeks of the unit, marshals have made arrests in California, Louisiana, and Georgia. Investigators say arrests, are imminent in Illinois and Kansas.
"Some of these fugitives become complacent over time," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez. "They tend to let their guard down. They become very comfortable in their new environment. And they think that they believe law enforcement's not looking for them anymore. I can coexist in my environment without fear or concern. Too many surprises in the past couple weeks that has come to haunt them."
Marshals consider Baudelio Reina Medina to be their most wanted fugitive.
Investigators say Medina sexually assaulted his step-daughter, 20-year-old Jeanette Rincon, and then strangled her in New Braunfels in November of 1990. Her body was found in San Marcos.
Marshals feel there are people in the San Marcos and New Braunfels area who know where Medina is.
If you know the whereabouts of Medina, call 512-916-5393. In fact, if you know the whereabouts of any wanted criminal, call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at the number above.
We will profile this cold case unit next week as part of our Crimewatch series.