Ken Paxton

Monday, January 26, 2004

Attorney General Abbott's Fugitive Unit Arrests Two More Child Predators In San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced the arrests of two child predators in San Antonio. Since August 2003, Abbott’s Fugitive Unit has arrested 13 Bexar County Child sex offender parole violators, bringing to 43 the total number of child sex offenders arrested statewide by attorney general investigators.

"I’m proud of the diligence my investigators continue to show in going after these child predators, said Attorney General Abbott. By arresting convicted pedophiles who aren’t meeting the conditions of their parole we are making it impossible for them to continue victimizing our children.

(Louis Perez, Derrick Sutton)

During a cooperative effort with the Texas Department of Public Safety Special Crimes Service, investigators with the Attorney General’s Fugitive Unit arrested Louis Perez, 41, on Wednesday afternoon at a construction site in North San Antonio. In 1997, Perez was convicted of indecency with a 16-year-old girl. On Thursday, investigators arrested Derrick Sutton, 30, who was found hiding from authorities in the closet of a San Antonio apartment. Sutton was convicted of molesting two young girls in 1997. Both men were wanted on parole violation warrants.

Attorney General Abbott started the Fugitive Unit in early August after the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported nearly 200 child sex offenders on parole could not be located. Abbott’s investigators have arrested 43 sexual predators in less than six months.

"Our collaborative efforts with law enforcement agencies in Texas has been instrumental in our success." Abbott said. "There is no greater importance than the innocence and safety of our children and we won’t stop until we catch every one of these dangerous individuals.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for Fugitive arrests. If you have information on any of the fugitives listed on the Attorney General’s Web site, call 1(800) 252-TIPS (8477).