The Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas DPS) says they have arrested two fugitives from their top 10 most wanted fugitives list.
Texas DPS arrested Ruben Alvarado Castro on Feb. 15 in San Antonio and also Theodore Villarreal on Feb. 17 in Kenedy. Both fugitives are members of the Texas Mexican Mafia, according to Texas DPS.
The arrests were due to tips provided to DPS. As such, Crime Stoppers cash rewards will be paid out in both arrests.
The 40-year-old Castro was arrested at a hotel by the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, including Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Special Agents. Castro was added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List on Jan. 12. Texas DPS has wanted Castro since May 2021 when the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a warrant for a parole violation. Later that month, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office also issued a warrant for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. In September 2021, the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for a probation violation.
In 2008, Castro was convicted of possession of a firearm after domestic abuse. He was sentenced in federal court to 80 months in prison with 36 months of supervised release, however, his supervised release was revoked multiple times. Castro was released from prison in 2017. In 2019, he was sentenced to three years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prison for fraudulent use/possession of identifying information. Castro was also given six years of probation for unlawful possession of a firearm and three years of probation for possession of a controlled substance. For more information, view his captured bulletin.
The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, including special DPS agents, along with members of the DPS’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, arrested the 52-year-old Villarreal at a house in Kenedy.
Villarreal has been wanted since March 2020 when the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a warrant for a parole violation. In June 2021, the Karnes County Sheriff’s Office also issued warrants for Villarreal’s arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, terroristic threat and assault causing serious bodily injury.
In 1987, Villarreal was sentenced to probation for burglary. That probation was revoked in 1990, and he was sentenced to eight years in a TDCJ prison. That same year Villarreal was convicted of burglary of a habitation and aggravated assault and was sentenced to 60 years in a TDCJ prison. He was released on parole in 2003. For more information, view his captured bulletin.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders Lists. You can find the current lists — with photos — on the DPS website.