Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive arrested in California

Blake Everett Reed | Photo: Texas DPS

Blake Everett Reed, 32, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody after being captured on Jan. 21 in California.

Reed was wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, harassment of public servant, assault of public servant, assault, and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle. The arrest was not the result of tip information received through Texas Crime Stoppers, and no reward will be paid.

Working off investigative information, members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit and Gang Task Force apprehended Reed without incident at a residence in Cayucos, California. The investigation that resulted in Reed’s arrest was a multi-agency effort that included other law enforcement agencies from both Texas and California. Texas Department of Public Safety Special Agents also assisted.

Reed is a violent criminal, with ties to Wood and Smith counties in Texas, who had been wanted since May 2017.

Reed’s apprehension marks the first Texas 10 Most Wanted program arrest in 2018. Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the five following methods:

  • Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Text the letters “DPS” – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
  • Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
  • Submit a Facebook tip at www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
  • Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store and for Android users on Google Play.

All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website at www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.

- Texas DPS