Crips gang member on DPS Texas Most Wanted List apprehended by Nacogdoches PD

Crips gang member on DPS Texas Most Wanted List apprehended by Nacogdoches PD


A Crips gang member who was placed on DPS's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list is now in custody.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety's online records, Jack Earl Sterns Jr., 27, was captured on June 20 in Nacogdoches by officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department.


A member of the Crips gang with ties to Nacogdoches County and a violent criminal history has been placed on the Texas Department of Public Safety's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list.

Jack Earl Sterns Jr., 27, has been wanted since December of 2017. The DPS wanted bulletin shows that his last known address is 1407 Leroy Street in Nacogdoches.

According to the wanted bulletin, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a warrant for Sterns' arrest for a parole violation on Dec. 6, 2017. Then, on Dec. 20, 2017, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for his arrest on two counts of aggravated robbery.

In addition, a warrant for evading arrest with a prior conviction was filed on Sterns, according to the bulletin.

A cash reward of up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to Sterns' capture, according to a DPS press release.

"Sterns is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds," the press release stated. "He has tattoos on his abdomen, back, chest, both arms and right leg, and scars on his abdomen, back, left leg and right forearm. Sterns may also be known by the nickname 'Jay Jay.'"

He is considered armed and dangerous.

"Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous," the press release stated.

Sterns' lengthy arrest record includes aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, engaging in organized criminal activity, assault, unlawful carrying of a weapon, deadly conduct, evading arrest with a previous conviction, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, tamper with or fabricate physical evidence with intent to impair, criminal mischief, and failure to identify.

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

•    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 web 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). 
•    Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store and for Android users on Google Play.

All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted – and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

"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," the press release stated. "Last year, Texas Crime Stoppers paid $61,000 in total rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests."

According to the press release, DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists.

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