Crime Stoppers tips lead to arrest of two Texas most wanted fugitives – Corridor News

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AUSTIN — Two of Texas’ 10 most wanted offenders are back in custody following their recent arrests. Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Paul Berry III, of Houston, was arrested April 11 in Houston. Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender John McMickings of El Paso was arrested April 14 in Georgia. Crime Stoppers rewards will be paid out upon the arrest of the two men.

Paul Matthew Berry III56, was arrested at a North Houston home by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) special agents assigned to the Houston Texas Anti-Gang (TAG) Violent Crime Squad, along with TAG Troopers.

Paul Berry III, photo credited to DPS.

Berry had been wanted since June 2021, when the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a warrant for his arrest for a parole violation. The following month, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Berry for child molestation.

In 1988, Berry was convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping with intent to rape or sexually abuse the victim after an incident with a 25-year-old woman. He was sentenced to 60 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prison. In 2008, Berry was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to 20 years in a TDCJ prison. He was paroled in May 2019. Berry was added to Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list on December 16, 2021. For more information, see his captured bulletin.

John Oliver Talmadge McMickings38, was arrested in rural Loganville, Georgia by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

John McMickings, photo credited to DPS.

He had been wanted since May 2021, when the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a warrant against McMickings for a parole violation. In October 2021, the El Paso District Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for him for failure to register as a sex offender.

In 2012, McMickings was convicted of child molestation for an incident involving a 14-year-old girl and was initially sentenced to five years probation. However, his probation was revoked in 2013 and McMickings was sentenced to 10 years in a TDCJ prison. He was later paroled in August 2019. McMickings was added to Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list on November 1, 2021. For more, see his captured newsletter.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Commission, offers cash rewards to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of one of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives or Sex Offenders. So far in 2022, the DPS and other agencies have arrested 21 people on the lists, including six gang members and 14 sex offenders. Additionally, $46,000 in rewards were paid for tips that resulted in arrests.

To be eligible for cash rewardstipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of three methods:

  • Call the Crime Stoppers Helpline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information on, then clicking the link under their photo.
  • Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

All advice is anonymous, regardless of how it is submitted – and tipsters will be given a tip number instead of using a name.

Mark M. Gagnon