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      Houston area murder suspect could be hiding in Matamoros

      Javier Cortez, Jr. // DPS Photo

      Authorities believe that a prison gang member wanted for murder in the Houston area could be hiding out south of the border in Matamoros.

      Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials have placed Javier Cortez, Jr. on the state's Top 10 Most Wanted fugitives list.

      DPS officials announced that they are increasing a reward for 32-year-old Tango Blast gang member's capture to $15,000 dollars during the month of July.


      Cortez is one of two suspects accused in the botched April 2010 robbery where a man died after being shot inside his Houston area apartment.

      Even though the victim had already been shot twice, Cortez allegedly over him and shot him nine more times.

      Cortez and the accomplice reportedly went to a gentlemen's club to celebrate the robbery and murder.

      Both Cortez and the other man attempted to rob a house in Pasadena where the accomplice was shot in the arm and arrested.

      Cortez escaped arrest and remains at large to this day.

      Border Ties

      Investigators told Action 4 News that Cortez has ties to Pasadena, Wharton County and south of the border in Matamoros.

      Authorities are not sure what aliases Cortez is using but he's described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 142 pounds.

      He was previously seen in the El Campo area of Wharton County but his last known address was in Pasadena where he has family and children.

      DPS officials said that investigators will pay the reward on either side of the border.

      Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call DPS Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 252-TIPS.