Ken Paxton

Monday, September 20, 2010

Texas Attorney General's Fugitive Unit Locates Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive in Hurst

HURST Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive Unit located and arrested one of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. Michael Brian McCollum, 47, was arrested for violating his parole. The defendant is also wanted by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Fugitive Unit investigators discovered that McCollum was employed at an automotive dealership in Hurst. Law enforcement officers with the Fugitive Unit and DPS isolated McCollum at the dealership Friday and took him into custody.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, McCollum was previously arrested several times since the 1980s for assault, aggravated assault, burglary, fraud, possession of a controlled substance, and driving while intoxicated. McCollum, who law enforcement authorities considered an armed and dangerous suspect, absconded in 2007 and was added to the DPS' Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list just last week.

McCollum is the second Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive located by the Fugitive Unit in the last four weeks. Investigators recently located Joel Burt Thompkins, 48, in New York. The Fugitive Unit provided logistical information to New York Police Department officers, who arrested Thompkins on Aug. 20. Thompkins faces charges in Texas for capital murder and failing to register as a sex offender.

Attorney General Abbott’s Fugitive Unit works with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and other law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest fugitives with a history of sex crimes who have violated parole or sex offender registration requirements. Parole violations include failing to report to parole officers or being present in areas that might allow them access to young children. Since operations began in August 2003, the unit has arrested more than 1,900 fugitives.