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For Immediate Release

Contact:
March 01, 2016 Chris Bozeman, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Affairs Officer (PAO)
Western District of Texas – San Antonio (210) 657-8500
One Fugitive Arrested, Another Being Hunted
Suspect Facing Capital Murder Charge
 

LSFTF logoSan Antonio, TX - R.C. Curtis III, 31, was arrested this morning by members of the United States Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) in San Antonio, TX. An arrest warrant was issued pursuant to an investigation by the San Antonio Police Department Homicide Unit (SAPD), where it is alleged that Curtis committed capital murder.

This morning, members of the LSFTF initiated an investigation in locating and apprehending Curtis. Through investigative efforts, task force officers arrested Curtis in an apartment located in the 5600 block of Evers Road, on the northwest side of San Antonio, TX. Task force officers entered the apartment, identified themselves, made contact with Curtis, and took him into custody without incident.

On October 21, 2015, Curtis along with two other men, Frank Hernandez Jr., 24, and David Rocha, 24, were allegedly involved in assaulting and killing an elderly woman inside of her northwest side apartment here in San Antonio. Reports stated that the victim was found dead in her apartment after a coworker contacted SAPD when the victim failed to report to work. SAPD Homicide detectives immediately initiated an investigation to determine the victim’s cause of death. Weeks later, arrest warrants were issued for Curtis, Hernandez, and Rocha on credit card abuse and fraud charges after all three men allegedly used the victim’s credit cards to make purchases. Curtis and Hernandez were arrested, but Rocha went into hiding and has yet to be found. After their initial court appearance, Curtis was subsequently released on bond, but Hernandez remained in police custody. None of the men were charged in the victim’s murder at that time, but all three of them were people of interest. After months of investigation, a warrant was issued for Curtis’ arrest on the charge of capital murder. Members of the LSFTF arrested Curtis this morning and are seeking the public’s help in locating Rocha. Crime Stoppers is also offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Rocha’s arrest.

Curtis and Hernandez are currently being held in custody at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “The victim in this case was an inspiring woman who touched the lives of so many people. One of the ways that we will honor her memory is to make sure that everyone involved in her senseless murder will be hunted down and arrested.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

  • New Braunfels Police Department
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
  • Comal County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
  • Texas Office of The Attorney General
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of the Inspector General
  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement – Office of Detention & Removal
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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