A Billboard Campaign To Track Down Domestic Violence Suspects | KERA News

A Billboard Campaign To Track Down Domestic Violence Suspects

Mar 28, 2013

The big question after last weekend’s rally against domestic violence is what happens next? You can see one answer to that question on billboards around Dallas County. For the first time, the District Attorney’s office is putting up the equivalent of electronic wanted posters to catch the most wanted domestic violence suspects. 

When former Arlington Police Officer Buddy Evans started working at the Dallas County District Attorney Office less than a year ago, he says he was shocked at the number of domestic violence cases left unsolved.

"I think if people really sit down and started to look at the numbers they would be shocked," he says. 

So he pitched an idea to work with Clear Channel to put up wanted ads for unapprehended offenders.

"This allows the DA’s office to cast a broader net," Evans says, “You know half of our capital murder cases are domestic violence related. When you have something that serious you do whatever you can to try to provide the victim some relief and wind up bringing someone to justice who needs to be.”

Campaign Facts: 

  • There are about a dozen billboards featuring the most wanted suspects located throughout Dallas, and Evans says they plan to add more. 

  • Mugshots of wanted fugitives can also be viewed online here
     
  • There is a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any of the offenders.

  • If you have information on one of the Dallas County DA's wanted fugitives, contact North Texas Crime Stoppers at 1-877-373-TIPS (1-877-373-8477).