Josue Renya, Alfredo Rangel and Ngoc Van Tran, three of Texas’ most wanted fugitives have been captured. Tran and Rangel were captured in Mexico while Renya was captured crossing the international bridge in Del Rio.
Tran, age 44, had been on the run since 1996 when he allegedly murdered his wife, Mildred Diannia “Pam” Packer. Her body was found about a month after her disappearance in the trunk of a maroon Oldsmobile. She had been shot to death according to an article by JC Cortez in the Amarillo Globe-News. Tran’s case appeared on America’s Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries. Deputy U.S. Marshal Darrell Clark took on the case of finding Tran who was believed to be hiding in Mexico.
Tran had allegedly become deeply involved in a major drug trafficking operation during his stay in Mexico. Deputy Marshall Clark was able to locate him, obtain a provisional arrest warrant. While Tran was arrested over two years ago, he fought extradition unsuccessfully and is not in the custody of the Potter County Jail in Amarillo.
Josue Renya, age 24, was added to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives in August, 2012 according to the DPS website. He was wanted for Aggravated Robbery, Retaliation, Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of a firearm, burglary of a vehicle, tampering with government records, manufacture and delivery of controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. The Lubbock resident was captured by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer while attempting to cross the Del Rio International Bridge using the U.S. outgoing pedestrian toll booth.
Agents questioned Renya and eventually identified as a fugitive. He was turned over to the Del Rio Police Department and was later extradited to Lubbock where he was booked into the county jail. He is accused of firing several shots into an occupied residence in November, 2011.
Alfredo Rangel, age 37, was also captured in Mexico. He was wanted for parole violation from the original offenses of Assault of a Public Servant, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, larceny, and engaging in organized criminal activity according to the Texas DPS website.
Fourteen years ago, Rangel shot a DPS trooper. Rangel had succeeded in taking the trooper’s weapon away from him. The trooper suffered a serious injury during the traffic stop near Cotulla, Texas. He was captured in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico after only five weeks on the top ten list. Rangel had received a 15-year sentence for the assault but was eventually released on parole. On November 20th, Mexican authorities turned Rangel over to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers and Deputy U.S. Marshalls at the Laredo Gateway to the Americas Bridge.
Rangel was also allegedly involved in an August, 2014 robbery of a casino on Laredo according to an article in the Houston Chronicle.
Bob Price is a senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.