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For Immediate Release

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May 13, 2011 SDUSM Hector Gomez, Western District of Texas
Austin (512) 916-5380
Corpus Christi's Most Wanted Sex Offender, Arrested by Task Force at Local Carnival Venue

LSFTF LogoAustin, TX – Vern E. Houston, 26, of Corpus Christi was arrested last night without incident by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. Houston was arrested at approximately 9:00 p.m., in the 300 block of W. Ben White Blvd., in South Austin.

Task Forces officers were alerted to Houston’s presence in Austin yesterday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Service in Corpus Christi. Houston, a registered sex offender and transient was recently placed on the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office, Top 10 Most Wanted. Houston was wanted for a series of burglaries in the Nueces County area. Information provided to the Austin based task force indicated Houston was traveling with a carnival that recently arrived in Austin.

Task Force officers converged on the carnival venue after officers identified Houston operating a carnival ride. Houston was immediately arrested and found to be in possession of several driver licenses and identity documents that were not his.

Houston was transported to the Travis County Jail pending his transfer to Corpus Christi.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas states, “The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is committed to tracking and locating those fugitives who have the potential to prey upon our children.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin –

  • Austin Police Department-Intelligence Unit
  • Travis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG
  • Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office
  • Williamson County DA’s Office
  • Texas Rangers
  • Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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