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VICTORIA, Texas — A crime stoppers tip has led to the arrest of a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

53-year-old Steve Garcia Lopez was captured on Friday, November 8, 2019, in Victoria, Texas. Working off the tip, Texas DPS Special Agents and U.S. Marshals located and apprehended Lopez on warrants for failing to register as a sex offender.

Lopez had been wanted since August 2018 after absconding from his last known address in Abilene, Texas. He had been previously convicted in Nolan County of aggravated sexual assault involving a 10-year-old girl victim and sentenced to five years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

According to DPS, a $3,000 reward will be paid in connection with the tip that led to Lopez's arrest.

So far this year, DPS and other agencies have arrested 24 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including 13 sex offenders and nine gang members — with $40,5000 in rewards being paid for tips which led to arrests.

Additional information from the Texas Department of Public Safety:

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.

To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the three following methods:

• Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).

• Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, then clicking on the link under the photo.

• Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

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.

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

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