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DALLAS, Texas — Two Texas Most Wanted Fugitives were recently captured in Texas City, Texas, and Puerto Rico, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced today.

34-year-old Rodrigo Flores, a Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member, was captured on March 29, 2019, in Puerto Rico and 24-year-old Clifford Milton was captured on the same date in Texas City, Texas.

Both arrests came as the result of Crime Stoppers tips, according to DPS, and reward up to $7,5000 will be paid to the tipsters.

Flores had been wanted since May 2018 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault of a family or household member. His criminal history includes a 2012 conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in El Paso and other charges for assault causes bodily injured, unlawful restraint, forgery of a financial instrument, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and unauthorized absence from a community correction facility.

Milton had been wanted since November 2018 for trafficking of child, engaging in organized criminal activity, and compelling prostitution. DPS says his violent criminal history consists of aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm or weapon by felon, aggravated battery with dangerous weapon, aggravated assault, aggravated 2nd-degree battery, assault causes bodily injury to a family member, theft of a motor vehicle, flight from an officer, a parole violation, theft, and failure to identify.

"So far in 2019, DPS and other agencies have arrested nine Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including five sex offenders and two gang members, and $20,000 in rewards have been paid for tips that resulted in arrests," read a statement from DPS.

Additional from DPS:

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 the 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, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
  • 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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