Ken Paxton

Friday, September 24, 2010

State and Federal Law Enforcement Officers Arrest One of State's Top Ten Most Wanted Sex Offenders

VIDOR Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive Unit, the Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Marshals Service successfully located and arrested one of the State’s Ten Most Wanted Sex Offenders. Law enforcement officers arrested David Ross Baxley, 67, on Thursday in Vidor and booked him into the Orange County Jail.

Baxley has been wanted since 2003, when the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to register as a sex offender. In 2006, the New Mexico State Police issued an arrest warrant against Baxley for failure to appear. A third warrant for Baxley’s arrest was issued by the Sheriff’s Department in Yoakum County, Texas, where he is wanted for driving while intoxicated.

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David Baxley

This previously convicted sex offender has been eluding law enforcement authorities in Texas and New Mexico since 2003, Attorney General Abbott said. We are grateful to the Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division and deputies with the U.S. Marshals Office for their collaboration on this case and ongoing commitment to safer Texas communities.

Investigators discovered Baxley had assumed the alias Edward Donald Taylor. He has been living under that name since 2006.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Baxley’s criminal history includes burglary, sexual assault, rape, indecency with a child, driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, failure to register as a sex offender, and failure to appear. Baxley, who law enforcement authorities considered an armed and dangerous suspect, absconded in 2003 and was added to the DPS’ Ten Most Wanted Sex Offenders list.

Baxley’s arrest marked the third Top Ten Most Wanted Offender arrest the Fugitive Unit has assisted in over the past month. On Sept. 17, the Fugitive Unit located and arrested Michael Brian McCollum, 47, in Hurst. Fugitive Unit investigators also recently located Joel Burt Thompkins, 48, in New York. The Fugitive Unit then provided logistical information to New York Police Department officers, who arrested Thompkins on Aug. 20. Both McCollum and Thompson were on DPS’ Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

Attorney General Abbott’s Fugitive Unit works with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and other law enforcement agencies in this case, the Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Marshals Service 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.