November 13, 2017
Media and Communications Office
Reminder: Reward Increased to $10,000 for Most Wanted
Fugitive, MS-13 Gang Member
– The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding the public that the
reward for Carlos Alberto Gonzalez-Barahona, 26, a Texas 10 Most Wanted
Fugitive and this month’s featured fugitive, has been increased to $10,000 for
information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during the month of
November. Gonzalez-Barahona, affiliated with the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang,
is wanted for murder and aggravated kidnapping. All
tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
Gonzalez-Barahona is an El Salvadorian national and has been
deported multiple times. On June 18, 2017, he allegedly shot and killed his
estranged girlfriend at their apartment located in northwest Houston. He also
allegedly kidnapped the driver of a pickup at gunpoint in Brazoria County, and
abandoned the truck on June 20, off of Highway 59 in Wharton County. Since
then, Gonzalez-Barahona may have fled into Mexico. Harris County has filed a
murder warrant and Brazoria County has issued an aggravated kidnapping warrant.
Crime Stoppers of Houston is also offering a reward of up to $5,000 for
information leading to the suspect’s charging and/or arrest.
is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has a tattoo
of a star on his left elbow; “HOUSTON” on the back of his left arm; “TEXAS” on
the back of his right arm; “GONZALEZ” on his upper back; “281” on his left arm;
“713” on his right arm; and other tattoos on his abdomen, back, chest, legs,
arms, both wrists and right ear. For more information
or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at:
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. So
far in 2017, Texas Crime Stoppers has paid $56,000 in total rewards for
anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.
To be eligible for the
cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the
five following methods:
All tips are anonymous –
regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip
number instead of using a name.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to
select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists.
You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered
armed and dangerous.
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