Three of Texas’ 10 most wanted offenders are back in custody after recent arrests. Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Julian Murillo was arrested Nov. 15 in California. Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders Catarino Chavez III was arrested Nov. 17 in Dallas, and Daniel Munoz was also arrested Nov. 17 in San Antonio. A Crime Stoppers reward will be paid upon capturing Murillo.
Julien Exavier Murillo, 23, of Refugio, was arrested in Olivehurst, Calif. Members of the US Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force, including DPS Special Agents, coordinated with the US Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, to locate and arrest Murillo.
Murillo had been wanted since December 2021, when the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for his arrest for murder, aggravated robbery, evading arrest/detention and failure to identify. These warrants were issued following Murillo’s alleged involvement in the September 2021 death of a 19-year-old man in Victoria, Texas. For more, check out his captured newsletter.
Catarino Nino Chávez III, 60, of Grand Prairie, was arrested at a residence by members of the US Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force, including DPS Special Agents. The Grand Prairie Police Department, Mansfield Police Department, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) all assisted in the arrest.
Chavez had been wanted since May, when the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a parole violation warrant for his arrest. In August, the Grand Prairie Police Department issued an arrest warrant for him for failure to register as a sex offender.
In 1998, Chavez was convicted of attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to five years in prison. In 2005, he was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child following incidents involving a 13- and 14-year-old girl. He then received 20 years in prison for each charge. He was paroled in June 2021. For more, check out his captured bulletin.
Daniel Joe Munoz, 40, of San Antonio, was arrested at a residence by members of the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, including DPS Special Agents. Texas Highway Patrol, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, the TDCJ, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the United States Navy Criminal Investigative Service all assisted in the arrest .
Munoz had been wanted since February 2022, when the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office issued two arrest warrants for him for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.
In 2000, Munoz was convicted of robbery and sentenced to 10 years in prison. In 2005, he was convicted of two counts of child molestation following incidents involving a 14-year-old girl. He was later sentenced to two terms of 10 years imprisonment. In 2019, Munoz was found guilty of failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements and was sentenced to three years probation. For more, check out his captured newsletter.
Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of one of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives or Sex Offenders. So far in 2022, DPS and other agencies have arrested 64 Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives and sex offenders, including 22 gang members and 34 sex offenders. Additionally, $88,000 in rewards were paid for tips that resulted in arrests.
To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters TO HAVE TO provide information to authorities using one of three methods:
- Call the Crime Stoppers Helpline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
- Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information on, then clicking the link under their 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 given a tip number instead of using a name.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website.
Do not try to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.