John Wayne Stoneham, 49, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being captured Thursday in Houston. Stoneham, a high-risk sex offender, was wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements and parole violation. The arrest was the result of a tip, and a reward of up to $5,000 will be paid.
Working off tip information, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, including DPS Special Agents, apprehended Stoneham at a location near downtown Houston. For more information, see his captured bulletin here.
Stoneham had been wanted since May 2017, after he absconded from a Houston facility where he had primarily resided since his 2012 parole from a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison. His criminal history includes burglary of habitation with intent to commit sexual assault and indecency with a child-sexual contact.
So far in 2017, DPS and other agencies have arrested 24 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including 11 sex offenders and 12 gang members, and $61,000 in rewards have been paid for tips that resulted in arrests.