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One of Texas’ 10 most wanted fugitives is back in custody after being arrested in Dilley last week.
Texas state troopers say 34-year-old Richard Banda of Pearsall was captured on Thursday, December 2, after evading law enforcement since April 2020.
The US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force used investigative information and tips from community members to locate Banda at a residence in Dilley. Assisting the task force were DPS special agents, Frio County sheriff’s deputies and Dilley police.
Records show Banda was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2014, a crime for which he received a six-year probation sentence.
Probation was revoked in 2018, however, and Banda was sentenced to three years’ confinement. He was released on parole in March 2020 but the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a warrant for his arrest.
Court records show Banda was charged in November 2020 with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a family or household member with a previous conviction, prompting the Frio County Sheriff’s Office to issue warrants for his arrest.
Banda remained in the Frio County Jail as of Tuesday this week.