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January 22, 2018 Media and Communications Office
Offered for Most Wanted Fugitive from Amarillo
AUSTIN – The Texas
Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Carlos Rafael Benitez, 29, to the
Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward of up to $5,000 is now
being offered for information leading to his capture. Benitez is wanted for
failing to appear in court on charges of aggravated assault of a public servant
and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle. All tips are guaranteed to be
been wanted since March 2017, after he failed to appear in court to face
charges of aggravated assault of an Amarillo Police Department officer and
evading arrest with a vehicle stemming from a traffic stop on Aug. 2, 2016.
Benitez has ties to Amarillo (his last known address), and Donley County,
including the town of Hedley.
Benitez is 5 feet 5 inches tall and
weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has a tattoo of “BENITEZ” on his back.
Benitez has a history of working in the tire service business. For more
information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at: https://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/MostWanted/fugitiveDetails?id=389.
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. In 2017, Texas Crime Stoppers
paid $61,000 in total rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.
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