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Rewards offered for violent MS-13 fugitives from Houston

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AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Douglas Alexander Herrera-Hernandez, 20, (pictured left) and Carlos Alberto Gonzalez-Barahona, 26, (pictured right) to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and cash rewards of up to $5,000 each are now being offered for information leading to their captures. Both fugitives are affiliated with the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang. Herrera-Hernandez is wanted on two counts of murder, and Gonzalez-Barahona is wanted for murder and aggravated kidnapping. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Herrera-Hernandez is being sought in connection with a June 2016 murder in Missouri City (Fort Bend County), and a Harris County murder on July 9, 2017. He is an El Salvadorian national who has been residing illegally in the U.S. The fugitive has ties to the Houston and Galveston County areas, including the cities of Clear Lake, Webster and League City. He is also known to have ties to California and to the U.S. East Coast. Herrera-Hernandez is believed to be accompanied by a 19-year-old female, also from El Salvador, and her infant child.

Herrera-Hernandez is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He may go by the name Alexander Hernandez and the nickname of “Terror.” For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=375 .

Gonzalez-Barahona is an El Salvadorian national and has been deported multiple times. On June 18, 2017, he allegedly shot and killed his estranged girlfriend at their apartment located in northwest Houston.  He also allegedly kidnapped the driver of a pickup at gunpoint in Brazoria County, and abandoned the truck on June 20, off of Highway 59 in Wharton County.  Harris County has filed a murder warrant and Brazoria County has issued an aggravated kidnapping warrant. Crime Stoppers of Houston is also offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the suspect’s charging and/or arrest.

Gonzalez-Barahona is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has a tattoo of a star near his left elbow, and other tattoos on his abdomen, back, chest, legs, arms, both wrists and right ear. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=371 .

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 in 2017, Texas Crime Stoppers has paid $48,000 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 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 at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted 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 at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/ .

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

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