Six years ago, she was reported as a teenage runaway. Now Rubie Matos is accused of helping keep a sex offender on the loose, according to KWTX.

The Bell County Sheriff’s Office has charged Matos with hindering apprehension of a known sex offender, and jailed her on a bond of $30,000.

According to the affidavit, last month Matos was seen with the suspect while unloading groceries on Carter Street in Killeen. When an officer tried knocking on the front door of the home, Matos went out the back door and was stopped by a second officer.

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What Did Rubie Matos Do?

Matos was asked if the fugitive was there, and she allegedly said he was not. Officers found him inside, hiding by the washing machine. When he was discovered, Matos admitted he was staying at the house now and then.

Three years ago, she was warned about helping this same fugitive, and told that she would be arrested if the two of them were caught together.

Previously, Matos has been arrested for forgeries. In 2016, she made the news as a runaway teenager who needed medical attention.

What is the Penalty for Harboring a Criminal in Texas?

According to the Texas Penal Code, a 'fugitive from justice' is defined as a person for whom a valid arrest warrant has been issued. Harboring a fugitive is considered 'hindering apprehension or prosecution'.

Hindering is a felony of the third degree if the person who is harbored or concealed is under arrest, has been charged, or is convicted of a felony.


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