City to raise reward money for
capture and conviction of seven
escaped prisoners wanted for killing officer
[Irving, TX]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(IRVING, Texas) -- The city council has raised the ante on the seven escaped Texas prisoners wanted for killing an Irving officer by increasing the reward to $500,000 for information leading to their capture and conviction.

"I'm prepared to go to whatever level we need to," Councilman Herbert Gears told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram yesterday.

The council decided to raise the reward from $200,000 after a work session with Assistant Police Chief Jimmy Perdue during which he updated them on the investigation into the murder of officer Aubrey Hawkins. Hawkins was believed to have been killed by the seven convicts during the robbery of a sporting goods store.

"It's been at $200,000 for one week and nobody has called," Perdue told the newspaper. "That tells me it's not high enough. I need enough to catch them."

The reward increase came the day before Texas Department of Criminal Justice report on the escape was to be released.

The 20-page report is "very thorough, very complete," Mac Stringfellow, chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice told the Star-Telegram yesterday. "It names names, points fingers, makes recommendations for our policies and our procedures and for enforcement of our policies and procedures."


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