Man who fled from Austin halfway house caught in New Mexico

Fernando Thompson booking photo from Dec. 4 (Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque, NM)
Fernando Thompson booking photo from Dec. 4 (Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque, NM)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who fled from an Austin halfway house on Nov. 24 has been captured in New Mexico, the Department of Public Safety says.

Fernando Thompson, 57, listed as a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody in Albuquerque. Thompson was wanted for “felony failure to comply with civil commitment requirements” after he removed his ankle monitor and fled from Burkes Supervised Living, a halfway house in the 6100 block of Wheless Cove in Austin.

An Albuquerque Police Department officer arrested Thompson following a random traffic stop at around 3:00 a.m. Friday. He was taken to the county metropolitan detention center.

An alert put out by authorities referred to Thompson as a “sexually violent predator.” He was given that designation after committing an aggravated rape of a child in 1982 in Jefferson County, Texas, DPS said at the time.

Authorities say that in June of 2005 Thompson was required to participate in the civil commitment program.

Deputies say the arrest was not the result of a tip and no reward will be paid.

So far in 2015, the Texas Department of Public Safety and other agencies have arrested 29 ‘Most Wanted’ fugitives in Texas, including 20 sex offenders.

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