Crimewatch: U.S. Marshals opens Cold Case Fugitive Unit

The U.S. Marshals have a new target: accused murderers, child sex offenders, rapists and other hard-core fugitives who have managed to escape arrest for decades.

For the fugitives of Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell and Bastrop counties time has run out.

Case in point: Juan Dimas. U.S. Marshals picked him up in California. He'd managed to avoid arrest since being charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child in 2006.

"He was very shocked and he said 'I didn't think you were looking for me,'" said Deputy U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez. "I plan to hear more of that in the coming weeks."

Hector Gomez likely will.

The marshals recently formed a cold case fugitive unit. There are hundreds, Gomez says, if not thousands of wanted criminals in Central Texas.

"As time goes by and priorities change in the form of crime trends, significant crimes in a given area. Fugitives tend to kind of fall off the wayside and may end up in a file cabinet somewhere," Gomez said.

His investigators are dusting off those files. Some cases don't have much more than a name. If photos are available, they're up to 25 years old.

"That is challenging. That makes it very challenging," Gomez said.

Fugitive Sonny Adams changed dramatically from his original Austin Police photos taken in 1991.

Marshals arrested him on August 22, in Louisiana. He looks much older, has less hair and has gained weight.

Adams was wanted for two counts of aggravated robbery.

"Some of these fugitives become complacent over time. They tend to let their guard down. They become very comfortable in their new environment," said Gomez.

Marshals arrested Victor Hernandez-Ramirez in July. The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office charged him with intoxication manslaughter in 2004. He was found in Dalton, Georgia.

Marshals hope to soon find Baudelio Reina Medina. Marshals consider Medina their most wanted fugitive.

The investigator on the case says Medina murdered Jeanette Rincon in New Braunfels in November of 1990.

"He sexually assaulted his step daughter and strangled her. After that he took her body to an abandoned field in San Marcos and dumped her body," the investigator said.

Rincon was 20 years old.

"We do believe there are people in the San Marcos and New Braunfels area who know where he's at," he said. "The family of Jeanette Rincon, they need closure in this case."

A lot of people need closure and that's what fuels this unit.

"I don't want the victims to get discouraged," the investigator said. "We haven't forgot about them. We're doing everything we can to find these people."

If you know the whereabouts of Baudelio Reina Medina, call the Lonestar Fugitive Taskforce at 512-916-5393.

Also, call that number if you know the whereabouts of any fugitive.

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