LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A scan through the Texas Department of Public Safety's Top Ten Wanted Sex Offender list warrants a pause. The last-known area for offender Troy Allison is Lufkin.
"They will investigate to see if that person is still living in this area and attempt to make an arrest," Trooper Greg Sanches said.
Sanches is talking about the DPS' Criminal Intelligence Department. He says according to their investigation, Allison skipped town.
"The address goes back to '04," Sanches said. "In '04 he was living here. Through their investigation it shows that person has left. Has been gone for a long time."
How do they know? By checking all known addresses, interviewing the offender's friends, family and employers. However, the threat isn't gone. Now, the Lufkin Police Department needs your help to find sex offender Mark Wayne Hall.
"We would like to know where that person is so they can comply with their registration requirements," Det. J.B. Smith said. "So the public can know where that person is."
The law requires sex offenders to register their contact information with local law enforcement. This isn't enough for LPD. Their sex offender accountability program requires these offenders are checked on every 30 days.
"They contact him at home," Smith said. "They contact them at their employer's, verify they're maintaining what they say they're doing."
Hall's last known address is a room at Petty's Hotel on Timberland Drive. When the officer assigned to him came to give him a check, the manager says he checked out and doesn't know exactly when.
"The judge put a warrant for state jail felony failure to register as required," Smith said.
Hall had seven days to notify police he was leaving. Sanches says violating sex offender registration requirements is taken seriously since it provides suspicion that they're up to no good. Again.
"Anytime anybody is wanted and they're hiding and they're trying to avoid capture, there's always a chance," Sanches said.
The purpose for keeping up with them allows the public to keep an eye on them.
According to DPS, Troy James Allison, 57, has been wanted since 2004 for aggravated rape. He has convictions for being an assailant to murder and indecency with a child.
His last known address is on the 400 block of East Jodie Street.
He is six feet tall, 210 pounds, has a tattoo on his right arm and scars on his abdomen, right foot and right leg.
DPS along with its local and federal partners will actively pursue these sex offenders. The Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office has authorized a crime stoppers reward of $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest of a Texas Top Ten Most Wanted sex offender.
"Sex offenders who hide are at risk to strike again," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "This program will enlist the public's help in locating these high risk offenders."
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 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders are available on the DPS website at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/wanted/sexoffenders/topTenSexOffenders.htm#.
Hall was charged with indecency with a child by contact out of Harris County and finished a three-year prison sentence on Feb. 3, 2005.
He is listed at 5-foot-8, 140 pound, with hazel eyes and brown hair.