Leo Colston, 60, of Nacogdoches, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested on Thursday in California. Colston was wanted for sex offender registration violation and failure to register as a sex offender.
Following investigative leads, officers located Colston in downtown Los Angeles, where he was arrested without incident. Colston’s arrest was the result of a multi-agency investigation that included the Texas Department of Public Safety, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and Los Angeles Police Department. The arrest was not the result of a tip, and no reward will be paid. For more information, see his captured bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=245.
In 2002, Colston was convicted of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact for an incident in Houston involving a 7-year-old girl.
In April 2013, the U.S. Marshals Service issued a warrant for Colston's arrest for Sex Offender Registration Violation. Additional warrants for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender were issued by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office in May 2013 and by the Los Angeles Police Department in August 2013.
So far in 2014, DPS and other agencies have arrested 12 Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives, including six sex offenders and four gang members, and $34,500 in rewards has been paid for tips that resulted in arrests. The cash rewards are funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.
- To be eligible for the cash rewards, anyone with information can provide anonymous tips in four different ways:
- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
- Text the letters DPS – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
- Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
- Submit a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook messages are anonymous.
The following link, http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/video/tipsterVideo.htm, explains the steps on how to submit a tip regarding a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive or Sex Offender and/or how to receive a reward once the fugitive is captured.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives featured in the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program. To view the current lists – with photos – visit the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.