Fugitive on Most Wanted list captured after 13 years

Jose Alberto Rendon is currently being held without bond

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A man who was on the TBI Most Wanted list for 13 years has been taken into custody. Jose Alberto Rendon was captured in Texas Saturday by the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office.

Rendon, 67, was added to the TBI Most Wanted list in 2003 on a felony failure to appear warrant. He was facing charges of Aggravated Sexual Battery of a Child Under 13.

Rendon had been staying with family members in Texas using the identity of his brother, Gudadalupe Vella Rendon for several months.

When Rendon was recently injured, an individual from that family attempted to reach out to Rendon’s family to advise them of the injury. During the course of notifying the family, one of Rendon’s biological family members was able to positively identify him as Jose Rendon, not Guadalupe Rendon. Special Agents with the TBI were contacted, and Agents coordinated with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s office to have him arrested. Deputies took Rendon into custody Saturday evening, and his identity was positively confirmed through fingerprints.

Jose Alberto Rendon is currently being held without bond in the San Jacinto County Jail in Texas