Wednesday, November 3, 1999
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the arrest of Child Support Evader Alton Dennis Winston, formerly of Austin. Winston was arrested on a capias civil warrant issued April 23, 1998 for failure to appear at a March 1998 hearing to review his failure to pay child support for the past two years. Since July, Winston had been listed on the Attorney General's Child Support Evader List for owing $10,638 in delinquent child support for his 8-year-old daughter.
"Parents have the responsibility to support the children they bring into this world," said Attorney General Cornyn. "I will continue to work aggressively to see that children receive the court ordered support they deserve."
On October 26, Missouri City Police answered a domestic disturbance call. When the police arrived, they asked Winston for identification. He did not provide identification and gave a false name. The police checked for outstanding warrants for the name provided by Winston. The search indicated an outstanding criminal warrant for aggravated assault for the person Winston claimed to be. Winston was arrested. Later, the police discovered Winston's true identity and kept him in custody on the child support warrant.
Winston was returned to Travis County to appear at a court hearing yesterday. The judge sentenced Winston to 180 days in jail or release after paying a $3,000 bond. The judge also gave Winston the option of paying a $1,000 bond for work release privileges during his term in jail. Winston is currently in Travis County Jail. If Winston pays either bond, the mother and child will receive the money.
On July 2, Attorney General Cornyn announced the Child Support Evader List containing 10 Texans, including Alton Dennis Winston, wanted for failure to pay court-ordered child support. Winston is the third Evader arrested since publication of the list. Mark D. Miller of Marble Falls was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 12 and Ricky Earl Hall was arrested in Dallas on July 13.
For a noncustodial parent to be placed on the Evader page, there must be a court-ordered obligation with delinquent support in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant issued. The location of parent must be unknown and the parent has not made any payments in the last 6 months. The parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits. To make information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver and supply a picture of the delinquent parent.
People with information about the Evaders should contact the Office of the Attorney General by calling the hotline -- 1-800-797-5437, email -- firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail - Texas Child Support Evaders, Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, P.O. Box 12017, Austin, TX 78711-2017.
Evaders still on the wanted list (ranked according to child support owed as of 11/3):
- 30 -