TOPEKA, KANSAS — After 11 years on the run, authorities arrested one of the state’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders living under an assumed name in Kansas.
Jose Juan Sandoval, last seen in El Paso, was apprehended after a DPS crime analyst tracked him to Topeka, Kansas. A DPS Criminal Investigations agent contacted authorities in Kansas and Sandoval was arrested yesterday. The El Paso Sheriff’s Office will seek extradition back to Texas for his probation violation.
Sandoval, 41, had assumed the identity of his wife’s first husband, and was collecting benefits from the state of Kansas. Authorities also discovered another counterfeit driver license in his possession.
Sandoval disappeared from El Paso shortly after being convicted on two counts of indecency with a child in 1999. He was designated one of the Texas Top 10 Sex Offenders last year.
After the DPS agent contacted the Kansas Bureau of Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service, Topeka Police Department and the Kansas Department of Corrections arrested Sandoval. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also provided information that helped find Sandoval, who is an illegal immigrant.
The Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Office authorizes Crime Stoppers cash rewards for tips leading to the capture of a Most Wanted Sex Offender. No reward will be paid in this case.
The 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders are available on the DPS website at
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/wanted/sexoffenders/topTenSexOffenders.htm # and have last known addresses in the following cities:
• Houston (3)
• El Paso
• Grand Prairie
The public should not try to apprehend these criminals as they are considered dangerous. Anyone with information on these offenders can provide anonymous tips in three 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 tip through the DPS website by selecting the sex offender you have information about, and under their picture is a link to submit a web tip.
The program identifies violent sex offenders who have either violated parole or failed to comply with sex offender registration.