Monday, September 20, 2010
Video of Michael McCollum's arrest
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.