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Reward Offered for Most Wanted Fugitive, Gang Member

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Rolando Tomas Mendez, 27, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward of up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Mendez, affiliated with the Tango Blast Houstone gang, is wanted for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

 Mendez has been wanted since early September 2018 for his alleged involvement in a violent crime spree in Houston, which included aggravated robberies and shootings. In addition, 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.

 Mendez is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has a tattoo of red lips on his right cheek, “Hardaway” above his left eyebrow, an oil derrick on the right side of his neck, and numerous other tattoos. Mendez may also be known by the nickname of “Lando.” For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin.

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 this year, Texas Crime Stoppers has paid $31,500 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 three following methods:

 Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).

  • 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).

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

Information and photo courtesy of Texas DPS

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