DPS: Sex offenders on Texas 10 Most Wanted List from Amarillo, Hamilton captured

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Bryant Martin Jr. (left) and Joseph Watson (right)
(Photos provided by the DPS)

AUSTIN, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety:

Two of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders are back in custody. Bryant Keith Martin Jr., of Amarillo, was arrested on Aug. 16 in Amarillo. Joseph Darwin Watson, of Hamilton, was captured on Aug. 18 in Stephenville. The arrests were not from tips, so no rewards will be paid.

Bryant Keith Martin Jr., 28, was arrested by Amarillo Police. Working off investigative information, they found him at a resource center in central Amarillo. He was added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List on Aug. 9. Martin has been wanted since December 2020, when a warrant for his arrest was issued in Potter County for failure to register as a sex offender.

In 2014, Martin was convicted in Randall County on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact for incidents involving two girls, ages 5 and 6. He received seven years probation. In 2015, Martin was convicted of failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements and was sentenced to four years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prison. His probation was also revoked. In 2019, Martin was released from prison and registered as a sex offender in Amarillo. For more information view his captured bulletin.

Joseph Darwin Watson, 52, was arrested by Stephenville Police. Working off investigative information, they located and arrested Watson at an apartment complex. He was added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List on Aug. 4. Watson is a high-risk sex offender who is required to register every three months for life. He’s been wanted since October 2020, when a warrant was issued for his arrest in Hamilton County for failure to comply with registration requirements.

In 1994, he was convicted in Llano County of two counts of aggravated sexual assault involving a 5-year-old boy. In 2000, he was convicted in Hamilton County of failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. He was then released from a TDCJ prison in 2005.

In 2009, Watson was convicted of sexual assault involving a 47-year-old woman in Milam County and received a 10-year sentence in a TDCJ prison. He was discharged in 2018 and was registered as a sex offender in Hamilton. For more information view his captured bulletin.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. So far this year DPS and other agencies have arrested 13 of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including four gang members and seven sex offenders. In addition, $20,500 in rewards have been paid for tips that have yielded arrests.

To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the following methods:

  • Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, then clicking on the link under their picture.
  • Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

All tips are anonymous — regardless of how they are submitted — and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders lists. You can find the current lists — with photos — on the DPS website.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.

(Press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety)

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