Convicted sexual predator from Texas last seen in Chandler area

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Thomas Elkins By Andrew Michalscheck Thomas Elkins By Andrew Michalscheck
Thomas Elkins By Andrew Michalscheck Thomas Elkins By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The United States Marshals Service in the District of Arizona is asking for the public’s help in finding a convicted sexual predator.

Thomas Elkins, 58, was last seen on Wednesday at a Chandler area truck stop.

Elkins, who is wanted out of Houston, Texas, was originally arrested in 1991 for kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old girl at a Texas truck stop.

He was convicted in that case, and was also found guilty of aggravated sexual battery in a case that took place in Florida in 1990. Elkins was sentenced to serve concurrent 20 year sentences.

Elkins was paroled to a Houston-area halfway house in March 2011, but earlier this month he removed his ankle monitoring device and fled from supervision.

Authorities say Elkins has several health problems, including chronic back pain and severe hearing loss. He also walks with a limp.

“It is critical that law enforcement work with the public in keeping our communities safe,” said David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona. “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.”

Anyone who encounters Elkins or has information about his whereabouts is asked to call their local law enforcement or the United States Marshals Service at 1-877-Wanted-2.