The Phoenix office of the U.S. Marshals Service is asking for the public’s help in locating a man they described as a violent sexual predator last seen at a Chandler area truck stop on Wednesday.
The man, Thomas Elkins, 58, after removing his electronic ankle monitoring device, absconded Oct. 5 from a halfway house in Houston, Texas, where he had been staying since his parole from a Texas Department of Corrections pris in Ma rch of 2011, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Elkins originally was sentenced to 20 years in prison following his 1991 arrest for kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old girl at a truck stop in Harris County, Texas, an offense he was convicted on as well as for aggravated sexual battery offense that happened in Florida in 1990,according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Elkins has numerous medical problems that include chronic back pain, severe hearing loss and walks with a noticeable limp.
He is a certified diesel mechanic and has worked as a commercial truck driver.
In a statement issued by the Phoenix office of the U.S. Marshal, David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona stated, “It is critical that law enforcement work with the public in keeping our communities safe. With this in mind, we are coming to the community to assist law enforcement in finding this individual that is believed to be in the area. Please do not attempt to interact with the subject and immediately call law enforcement.” Marshals advise anyone that encounters Elkins or knows of his whereabouts not try to contact him, but to immediately notify the U.S Marshals Service at 1-877-926-8332 and or their local police department.