2 Most Wanted fugitives captured in Austin area, Texas DPS says

William Eugene Bird has been wanted since last October, while Nathan Reed Bingham has been wanted since February.

AUSTIN, Texas – Two of the state’s “Most Wanted” fugitives were recently arrested in the Austin area Texas Department of Public Safety said Tuesday.

According to DPS, 54-year-old William Eugene Bird was arrested by Austin Police Department after a traffic delay on Aug. 24. The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) assisted in the arrest.

Bird has been wanted since October 2021, when the BCSO issued a warrant for his probation violation.

The DPS said in 2012 Bird was convicted of indecency with a child by exposure after an incident involving a 10-year-old girl. He was sentenced to six years in prison. In 2014, he was sentenced to four more years in prison for failing to register sex offenders.

In 2021, he was convicted of injuring a child and sentenced to one year in prison. That same year, he was convicted of failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements from a previous conviction and sentenced to six years of probation.

Bird’s arrest on August 24 was a result of tip information received by Texas Crime Stoppers allowing a reward to be paid to the tipster.

The other fugitive now in custody, 30-year-old Nathan Reed Bingham, was arrested August 30 at a Hutto home by the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. Bingham has been wanted since February, when the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for his arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a criminal and theft of property.

The DPS said in 2015 Bingham was convicted of obstruction/retaliation and credit/debit card abuse and was sentenced to nine months in prison. In 2017, he was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to two years in prison.

In 2021, Bingham was arrested in Austin for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm and theft of property. He then signed out.

According to DPS, Texas Crime Stoppers is offering cash rewards to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of one of Texas’ top 10 most wanted fugitives or sex offenders. So far this year, DPS and other agencies have arrested 47 of Texas’ top 10 most wanted fugitives and sex offenders. In addition, $75,000 in rewards were paid.

To be eligible for cash awards, Tipsters must provide information by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477); Submit a tip about the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about and then clicking the link below their picture; or by submitting a Facebook tip by clicking on the “SUBMIT A TIP” link in the “About” section.

All tips are anonymous, regardless of how they are submitted.

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