NASHVILLE – A fugitive who has been on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list for 13 years, Jose Alberto Rendon, was captured Saturday in Texas.
Rendon was added to the TBI Top 10 list on November 19, 2003, and was wanted by the TBI and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office on a felony Failure to Appear warrant. He was awaiting trial on a charge of Aggravated Sexual Battery of a Child under 13.
Rendon, 67, was taken into custody Saturday night by deputies with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office in Texas. Rendon had been using the identity of his brother, Guadalupe Vella Rendon, and was staying with a family in Coldspring, Texas, for the past several months. When Rendon was recently injured, an individual from that family attempted to reach out to Rendon’s family to advise them of the injury. During the course of notifying the family, one of Rendon’s biological family members was able to positively identify him as Jose Rendon, not Guadalupe Rendon. Special Agents with the TBI were contacted, and Agents coordinated with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s office to have him arrested. Deputies took Rendon into custody Saturday evening, and his identity was positively confirmed through fingerprints.
Jose Alberto Rendon is currently being held without bond in the San Jacinto County Jail in Texas.