DPS increases reward for Most Wanted fugitive to $10,000

The Texas Department of Public Safety has increased its reward for the capture of one of the state’s Most Wanted Fugitives to $10,000.

Jose Fernando Bustos-Diaz, 27, May’s featured fugitive, is a convicted murderer and is wanted for escape and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

As always, DPS says all tips are guaranteed to be anonymous. Any tips received in May that lead to his arrest could mean a $10,000 payout.

In 2006, Bustos-Diaz pleaded guilty to a 2005 murder he committed while working as a ranch hand in Harris County. He was sentenced to 35 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison.

On April 6, 2010, he escaped from the TDCJ Briscoe Unit in Dilley, approximately 70 miles southwest of San Antonio. Bustos-Diaz is believed to have fled to Mexico.

For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at txdps.state.tx.us/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=323.

Bustos-Diaz is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 195 lbs. He has significant acne scaring on his face and birthmarks on his chest. He also has multiple tattoos, including a heart with a cross on the webbing of his left hand; the name “Vanessa” with one dot on the inside of his left wrist; and the name “Lizeth” on the inside of his right wrist.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the five following methods:

All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

DPS reminds the public to not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.