NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The search for a murder suspect out of Houston continues in East Texas. FBI officials are continuing to work with local law enforcement to capture Andres Hernandez, who is wanted for murder and evading prosecution.
Law enforcement has been seeking Hernandez for over 10 years.
“This subject is wanted for murder, and he’s a serious threat to our community, and he needs to answer for what he’s done,” said Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges.
With a murder suspect potentially hiding somewhere in East Texas, local sheriff’s offices are keeping their eyes open.
“If he’s not here right now, I have no doubt that he will be at some point," Bridges said. "He could just be here laying low somewhere, and we’re keeping all our options open, but we want this information out to the public to be on the lookout for this subject.”
Law enforcement can’t be everywhere at once, though. In cases like these, they ask for help from those they protect. This often comes in the form of informing law enforcement about information or sightings regarding a suspect.
“Law enforcement relies on those tips as we do anything to help solve crime," Bridges said. "In this portion of it, we’re looking for the public’s assistance to help locate him.”
In the search for Hernandez, Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering a $5,000 reward for his capture. Crime Stoppers officials say that tips they receive are extremely helpful when searching for suspects.
“Tips coming from the community, they do work. People, see things, they call us with the tips,” said Brett Ayres with Nacgodches Crime Stoppers. “We have cleared a lot of cases based on tips from persons within the community.”
With the search efforts of local law enforcement and the vigilance of their citizens, finding suspects like Hernandez is made easier and the community is made safer.