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Child Support Evader Caught

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Friday announced the arrest of Child Support Evader Marcus Snodgrass for failure to pay more than $87,000 for the care of three children from Harlingen. Tips from local residents in response to Thursday's request for information resulted in the arrest by the Brazos County Sheriff's Office.

"Jail is the only option for parents who ignore their obligation to care for their children," said Attorney General Abbott. "I appreciate the response from the Bryan community to hold this father accountable. I also am grateful for quick action by Sheriff Christopher Kirk's deputies to arrest Marcus Snodgrass."

Snodgrass was arrested at a Bryan residence by Deputy Larry See and Sergeant Tom Randall. His capture was made possible by tips to the Attorney General's evader hotline from concerned citizens who learned about Snodgrass through local news reports.

Snodgrass is being held without bail in the Brazos County Jail for disobeying a court order to make regular child support payments. He will be transported to Cameron County to face the pending charges.

In 1996, Snodgrass was found in contempt of court and given a suspended jail sentence for his failure to pay child support. An arrest warrant was issued in January 1997, after Snodgrass did not appear at a court hearing to address his noncompliance. Snodgrass has not made a child support payment in nine years.

For a parent to be named a Most Wanted Child Support Evader, court-ordered delinquent support must be in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant must have been issued. The location of the parent must be unknown, and no child support payments made in the last six months. The parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits.

The public is asked to report information that could lead to the arrest of wanted Child Support Evaders by calling 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377) or e-mailing evaders@oag.state.tx.us. Photos of all missing Evaders are available on the Attorney General's Web site at www.oag.state.tx.us.


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