AUSTIN – Two of Texas’ top ten most wanted sex offenders are back in custody. Bryant Keith Martin Jr., of Amarillo, was arrested Aug. 16 in Amarillo. Joseph Darwin Watson, of Hamilton, was captured on August 18 in Stephenville. The arrests did not come from tips, so no rewards will be paid.
Bryant Keith Martin Jr.., 28, was arrested by Amarillo police. Working with research information, they found him at a resource center in Amarillo. He was added to the list of most wanted sex offenders in Texas on August 9th. Martin has been wanted since December 2020, when an arrest warrant was issued in Potter County for failing to register as a sex offender.
In 2014, Martin was convicted in Randall County of a felony count of aggravated sexual assault against a child and two for indecency with a child for sexual contact for incidents involving two girls, ages 5 and 6. He received seven years probation. In 2015, Martin was convicted of violating sex offender registration requirements and was sentenced to four years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prison. His provisional release was also revoked. In 2019, Martin was released from prison and registered as a sex offender in Amarillo. For more information, see yours captured newsletter.
Joseph Darwin Watson, 52, was arrested by Stephenville police. Working with investigative information, they located and arrested Watson in an apartment complex. On August 4, he was added to the list of Texas’ most wanted sex offenders on August 4. He has been wanted since October 2020, when an arrest warrant was issued in Hamilton County for non-compliance 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 failing to meet sex offender registration requirements. In 2005 he was released from the TDCJ prison.
In 2009, Watson was convicted of sexually assaulting a 47-year-old woman in Milam County and received a ten-year sentence in a TDCJ prison. He was discharged in 2018 and registered as a sex offender in Hamilton. For more information, see yours captured newsletter.
Texas Crime Stoppers, funded by the governor’s criminal justice division, offers cash rewards to anyone 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 has been paid in rewards for the councils that have resulted in arrests.
To qualify for cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to the authorities by one of the following methods:
- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
- Send a web tip via DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, then clicking the link below its image.
- Send one Facebook tip by clicking on the “SEND TIP” link (in the “About” section).
All advice is anonymous, regardless of how it is sent – and tipsters will be given a tip number instead of using a name.
DPS investigators are working with local agencies to select fugitives for the lists of Texas 10 most wanted fugitives and sex offenders. You can find the current lists (with photos) at DPS website.
Do not attempt to capture these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.
Additional photos (From left to right: Bryant Martin Jr., Joseph Watson):
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