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liberty county crime suppression unit hard at work

Yesterday afternoon, September 28, 2011, between the hours of 2:00p.m. and 4:00p.m., Deputies from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit along with Investigators from the LCSO Cleveland Station worked together in locating and apprehending several wanted Felons in the Cleveland area of Liberty County.

The following two Felons were wanted for Felony Retaliation in regards to alleged threats / actions made towards other person(s). This particular case involved the Tarkington area Burglaries which were solved earlier this month by LCSO Investigators.   Those two individuals have been identified as Rucker, Decoris and Shedd, Clifton of Cleveland. While in the process of making these arrests an additional  person was arrested for Hindering the Apprehension of a Known Felon.  This individual has been identified as Bowie, Amber of Cleveland.

Deputies continued to search the Cleveland area for another wanted Felon.  This individual was also located and apprehended.  His identity has been listed as Sparta, Richard, a convicted sex offender who was released recently from the Texas Department of Corrections, Institutional Division for the offense of Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child.  Mr. Sparta was arrested yesterday for the Felony offense of Retaliation against his victim after his recent release. 

At the time of this information release, all bonds had been set at $15,000.00.  Deputies from the LCSO Crime Suppression Unit are stepping up their efforts to locate and apprehend wanted Felons in Liberty County.  A high priority has been set for all Sex Offenders, including those who fail to register as required by State Law.  Additionally, any person who is arrested for a criminal offense and said person makes any kind of threat against a victim or witness is subject to the Felony criminal charge of Retaliation.

In just a couple of hours’ time, the LCSO had successfully located and apprehended three wanted Felons, placing them into the Liberty County Jail.  The additional charge for Hindering was a direct result of this operation and persons should note, any attempt to conceal or hinder the apprehension of any wanted fugitive is a crime which you can be charged and booked into jail.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating any wanted Felon or Sex Offender who has failed to register hiding in Liberty County.  Should anyone know the whereabouts of a wanted Felon or un-registered you are urged to please contact the LCSO at (936) 336-4500 or at their web-site ( ).  As a reminder, the LCSO cautions the public, please, never attempt to detain or apprehend any wanted Felon, you should contact the LCSO or your local Law Enforcement Agency immediately for assistance. 

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