Ricky Don Hankins, 44, was arrested and booked into the Somervell County Jail Friday after Sheriff’s Deputies tracked him down on the other side of the country.
“We got word Mr. Hankins was in Gillette, Wyoming,” said Lt. Anders Dahl.
With the help of law enforcement in Gillette, Hankins was picked up and put behind bars until Inv. Tommy Yocham could reach Wyoming and fly Hankins back to Somervell.
Dahl said Hankins waived extradition hearings in Wyoming before being brought back to Texas. He was booked into the county jail on May 8 and is being held on a $50,000 bond, charged with failure to comply with sex offender laws.
Investigators discovered in February that Hankins, one of the county’s 13 registered sex offenders, was not living at the address he registered under in February.
At the time, Hankins’ family told investigators he had headed to Waco and continued south.
In 1991, Hankins was convicted of indecency with a child/sexual contact with a six-year-old girl. He also received six years in 1993 for aggravated sexual assault of a five-year-old girl.
Failure to comply with sex offender registry requirements is a felony offense.
On April 24, another Somervell County sex offender was taken into custody for failure to comply with sex offender laws.
Anthony Dion Whitworth, 32, was arrested by Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Randel Wilson at a residence in the 800 block of College Street in Glen Rose.
He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and marijuana as well as failure to register as a sex offender, which is a violation of his parole.
Dahl said Whitworth had registered under a Rainbow address but had not been complying with agency registration requirements.
Whitworth was convicted in 1999 of indecency with a child/sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl. He received a two-year sentence.
Somervell County Sheriff’s Office also
extradited two burglary suspects from Stillwater, Okla. in Payne County.
On May 8, Brice Jamison Mitchell, 18, and Eric Blaine Humphreys, 19, were booked in the Somervell County Jail after they were arrested by Oklahoma law enforcement for possession of stolen property. They were charged by Somervell law enforcement for burglary of a habitation.
Yocham said the duo allegedly stole a safe from county resident Murray Dehtan. The safe held an undisclosed about of money and property, some of which was recovered in Oklahoma. The Texas Rangers will be the primary investigating agency.
Humphreys and Mitchell were held on $15,000 bonds, which they posted on May 8.