Houstonians are working hand-in-hand with Houston area local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities in the fight against gang crime. Thirty-five gang fugitives featured on the www.stophoustongangs.org website, and publicized weekly by local media and on Houston area digital billboards donated by Clear Channel Outdoor, have been captured within the past year.
Since the website went public in September of 2010, more than 1700 tips have come in through the website, and more than 600 related arrests have been made. To date, the innovative website especially created to improve communication between law enforcement and the public, has been visited more than 200,000 times. Now, an enhanced partnership with Crime Stoppers will reward citizens with cash for tips that lead to an arrest or the filing of felony charges.
As a public service to the community, Clear Channel Outdoor has donated space and time on their digital billboards throughout the area to publicize each week’s featured fugitive. This week’s fugitive, Gus Matthew Soto, being featured on digital billboards and the www.stophoustonhangs.org website, is wanted for Aggravated Robbery. Pictured here at a press event to announce the results is Clear Channel Vice President for Public Affairs, Lee Vela with area law enforcement officials.