AUSTIN – Robert Houston Hayes, 56, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody after being captured on Feb. 25 in Missouri. Hayes, a violent sex offender with an extensive criminal history, was wanted for parole violation. The arrest was not the result of a Crime Stoppers tip, and no reward will be paid.
On Feb. 25, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office located Hayes at a rural residence in Harrisonville, Mo., and he was arrested. Hayes had been a fugitive since Oct. 23, 2015, when he failed to arrive at a halfway house in El Paso after being released from a facility in Houston. While traveling to El Paso, Hayes removed the ankle monitor he was required to wear and absconded.
In 1998, Hayes was convicted of sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Nebraska and was sentenced to three years in prison. Hayes also was wanted in New Mexico for failure to appear and probation violation. For more information, see his captured bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=315.
So far in 2016, DPS and other agencies have arrested three Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including two sex offenders and two gang members.