Authorities are looking for a man who has failed to follow the rules of his punishment after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a child in Walker County seven years ago.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has added Shawn Monroe Cowan, 43, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list and a cash reward up to $5,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Cowan is wanted for parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
Cowan has been wanted since June 2017 and has ties to Huntsville and Granbury in Hood County. In March 2011, Cowan was convicted of indecency with a child/sexual contact after an incident in Walker County involving a 9-year-old girl.
His last known address was in Beaumont, where he registered as a sex offender in May 2017. He has since absconded and his whereabouts are unknown.
Cowan is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 245 pounds. He has tattoos on his chest, left calf, both upper arms, both shoulders and both thighs. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at http://bit.ly/2GWGShC.
Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. Last year, Texas Crime Stoppers paid $61,000 in total rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.
To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the five following methods:
• Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
• Text the letters “DPS” — followed by your tip — to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cellphone.
• Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about and then clicking on the link under their picture.
• Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
• Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store and for Android users on Google Play.
All tips are anonymous regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists — with photos — on the DPS website.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.