$7,500 reward offered for suspect who shot at DPS trooper

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Antonio Jaso Aguilar, 28, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Aguilar is wanted for attempted capital murder and parole violation. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Aguilar is a violent fugitive with ties to Shelby County, including the cities of Center and Joaquin. On Nov. 28, 2018, Aguilar allegedly exchanged gunfire with a DPS Trooper following an attempted traffic stop in rural northeast Shelby County. Aguilar fled the scene, and his whereabouts are unknown. Aguilar’s criminal history includes aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by felon, burglary of a habitation, deadly conduct, evading arrest/detention, obstruction or retaliation, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated.

Aguilar is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He has tattoos on his abdomen, back, chest and both arms, as well as a scar on his neck. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. So far this year, Texas Crime Stoppers has paid $31,500 in total rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the three following methods:

  • Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Submit a 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 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 provided a tip number instead of using a name.

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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