AUSTIN – John Michael Enard, 59, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody and awaiting extradition after his capture Friday in California.
Enard, considered a sexually violent predator at high risk to reoffend, removed his ankle monitor Jan. 19 and fled from a Houston halfway house. Since his capture was the result of a tip, a reward of up to $3,000 will be paid.
Enard was arrested Friday afternoon by the Los Angeles Police Department, working with Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division agents, after an anonymous tip led them to a homeless shelter in Los Angeles. He was taken into custody without incident. He was wanted for parole violation and felony failure to comply with civil commitment requirements. For more information, see the captured bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/capturedDetails.aspx?id=179
So far in 2013, DPS and other agencies have arrested 30 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including 10 gang members, and $74,500 in rewards has been paid for tips that resulted in arrests. The cash rewards are funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.
Anyone with information can provide anonymous tips in four different ways:
-Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
-Text the letters DPS – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
-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 at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook messages are guaranteed to be anonymous.
The following link, http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/video/tipsterVideo.htm, explains the steps on how to submit a tip regarding a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive or Sex Offender and/or how to receive a reward once the fugitive is captured.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives featured in the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program. To view the current lists – with photos – visit the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.