The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Friday that the reward for Tommy Dale Sells Jr., 39, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and this month’s featured fugitive, has been increased to $10,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes during the month of July.
Sells is wanted for two counts aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and two counts of indecency with a child by contact.
He has ties to the Amarillo area and previously lived in Fresno, Calif. Sells has been wanted since May 2013, for allegedly sexually assaulting two girls younger than 14 in Amarillo.
Sells’ whereabouts have been unknown since May 7, 2013, when the district court of Potter County in Amarillo issued the warrants for his arrest.
For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=328.
Sells is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs approximately 165 lbs and has a tattoo of a heart with a banner on his chest. He also has a mole on his right cheek and scars on his left arm and right hand.
Texas Crime Stoppers, funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders.
To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the five following methods:
- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-252-8477;
- Text the letters “DPS”– followed by tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from cell phone;
- Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive callers have information about and then clicking on the link under their picture;
- Submit a Facebook tip at facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
- Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store, itunes.apple.com/us/app/texas-dps/id902092368?mt=8, and for Android users on Google Play, play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microassist.texasdps&hl=en.
All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. Current lists – with photos – on the DPS website at dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.
DPS reminds the public to not attempt to apprehend these fugitives as they are considered armed and dangerous.