Northeast Tarrant

Why a sex offender with Tarrant County ties landed on the state's most wanted list

A reward of up to $5,000 leading to the arrest or grand jury indictment of Billy Urango has been offered by the state of Texas.
A reward of up to $5,000 leading to the arrest or grand jury indictment of Billy Urango has been offered by the state of Texas. Texas Department of Public Safety

Authorities are looking for a repeat child sex offender whom they describe as armed and dangerous.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials have listed Billy Don Urango among the state's 10 most wanted sex offenders and are asking the public to keep an eye out for him — but to call police if they see him rather than approach him.

Urango, 26, was convicted in Grayson County of two counts aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child involving sexual contact, according to a DPS news release.

He was also convicted in 2010 of indecency with a child involving exposure and served six years of the 10-year sentence he received.

Urango is accused of absconding from a halfway house in Dallas, and last June a parole violation warrant for Urango's arrest was issued by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. An arrest warrant for Urango was also issued in Dallas County for failure to register as a sex offender, the DPS said.

Urango has ties to Wichita Falls, Watauga, Bedford and Ardmore, Oklahoma, including three misdemeanor assault convictions in Watauga in 2008 and 2009, according to authorities.

Urango is about 6-foot, 220 pounds, with tattoos on his neck, chest, upper right arm, right forearm, right wrist, upper left arm, and left leg. He has a scar on left hand and needle marks on right arm, the DPS said.

Potential tipsters can submit tips in five ways to be eligible for a $5,000 cash reward. More information is on the Texas Department of Public Safety website at bit.ly/2FCEoTb.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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