UPDATE: Thomas Elkins has been captured. On October 19th, a tip was received placing ELKINS as a passenger in a truck which was later pulled over by TX DPS Highway Patrol and Coppell PD at a location in Coppell, Texas. At 9:07 am, ELKINS was arrested and transported to Coppell PD without incident where he was questioned by a DPS CID Agent. This arrest was the result of a tip and a $5,000 reward will be paid.
The U.S. Marshall’s Office is asking for your help in locating a man who has been described as a violent sexual predator. Thomas Elkins, 58, was last spotted at a Chandler area truck stop on Wednesday.
Elkins was living at a halfway house in Houston, Texas and was being monitored by an ankle device; however, according to the East Valley Tribune, Elkins removed the monitoring device and fled the area.
Elkins was convicted of kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old girl at a truck stop in 1991 as well as aggravated sexual battery in 1990.
The U.S. Marshalls Office said Elkins has several health problems including a bad back, a noticeable limp and severe hearing loss.
“In a statement issued by the Phoenix office of the U.S. Marshal, David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona stated, ‘It is critical that law enforcement work with the public in keeping our communities safe. With this in mind, we are coming to the community to assist law enforcement in finding this individual that is believed to be in the area. Please do not attempt to interact with the subject and immediately call law enforcement.’ Marshals advise anyone that encounters Elkins or knows of his whereabouts not try to contact him, but to immediately notify the U.S Marshals Service at 1-877-926-8332 and or their local police department,” the East Valley Tribune reported.
Before his conviction, Elkins worked as a diesel mechanic and a truck driver.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Elkins to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list.
A $5,000 reward has been issued for any information leading to his arrest.
Elkins is approximately 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has blue eyes, grey hair, a distinctive “Fu Manchu”
moustache, wears silver glasses for reading only. He sometimes shaves his head and facial hair, as well.Follow this link to the wanted flyer.
Ladies, please be aware of your surroundings. Stay safe out there.