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Fugitive gang member from Austin on Texas 10 Most Wanted list captured in Mexico

31-year-old Paulo Sandalio Guillen of Austin was captured in Mexico. (Photos: Texas Department of Public Safety)

An Austin man on Texas' Top 10 Most Wanted fugitives list was captured in Mexico on Thursday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety added 31-year-old Paulo Sandalio Guillen, who they say is affiliated with a clique of the Tango Blast gang, to the list in April.

In March 2010, Guillen was convicted in Travis County of aggravated assault and burglary of a habitation. Guillen’s criminal history also includes unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of prohibited weapons, and possession of marijuana.

Austin Police arrested Guillen in June 2017 for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon after allegedly evading arrest in a vehicle.

In August 2017, an arrest warrant was issued for Guillen after he was federally indicted in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas, charged with felony possession of a firearm.

In addition, he failed to appear for his court date in August 2017, which resulted in an additional warrant for his arrest.

Working with their law enforcement counterparts in Mexico, U.S. Marshals task force members developed information leading them to believe Guillen was in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, where he was ultimately located and detained on Thursday, July 19.

He was immediately turned over to U.S. authorities at the Brownsville Gateway International Bridge in Texas.


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