AUSTIN – Michael Wayne Hopson, 57, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested in Longview on Tuesday by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Criminal Investigations Division agents. Hopson was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender in Anderson County, Texas, and indecent exposure in Payne County, Okla.
Hopson was arrested at approximately 12 p.m. Tuesday at a local soup kitchen in Longview and was taken into custody without incident. Hopson’s criminal history includes multiple charges of indecent exposure and failure to register as a sex offender. This arrest was not a result of a tip and no reward will be paid. See Hopson’s captured bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=188.
So far in 2013, DPS and other agencies have arrested nine Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, and $10,000 in rewards has been paid for tips that resulted in arrests. The cash rewards are funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.
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.
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 anonymous.
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.