HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Crime Stoppers held a news conference Thursday to kick off a new campaign to increases awareness of elder abuse.
Crime Stoppers and other community partners said the new campaign will help educate the community, bring attention to the risk factors of elder abuse and explain the process of reporting potential elder abuse situations.
"Elder abuse is rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing crimes and is, perhaps, one of the most unreported and misunderstood types of crimes compared to any other crimes in America," Crime Stoppers said.
Officials released the names and pictures of people who are wanted for crimes against the elderly.
Authorities are searching for Bridgett Baggett, Erick Carranza, Janie Garcia, Dontae Mason, and William Alberto Malpica, all of whom have outstanding warrants for crimes against the elderly.
Baggett is wanted for breaking into a 72-year-old man's home and robbing him, officials said.
According to authorities, Carranza is wanted for breaking into 65-year-old person's home, duct taping and leaving the victim for days and stealing a trailer, a four-wheeler, a lawn mower and guns.
Officials said Garcia is wanted for grabbing a 67-year-old woman from behind and stealing her purse after hitting her.
Mason is wanted for abusing and robbing a man older than 65 at his home, officials said.
Malpica is wanted for watching a man withdraw crash from a bank and then robbing the man, who was older than 65, according to authorities.
Anyone with information about any of fugitives is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
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