Manhunt underway for Texas man wanted for capital murder

Mark Anthony Ponce, 23, is wanted by the FBI for capital murder. The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. (Photo: FBI)

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a "violent fugitive wanted for capital murder."

According to the FBI Dallas Division, Mark Anthony Pone, who also uses the alias "Juan Pablo Hernandez Villalon", should be considered armed and dangerous. He is sought in connection to a 2014 murder and is believed to have violent tendencies.

The FBI said the on Sept. 17, 2014, when Ponce kicked in the front door of his ex-girlfriend's apartment in Dallas. He is accused of then shooting his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend multiple times, killing him.

The following day, the FBI said, Ponce was charged with capital murder and the State of Texas issued a warrant for his arrest.

According to the FBI, Ponce is believed to have fled to Mexico. On Nov. 19, 2014, a federal arrest warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

The FBI describes Ponce as being a 23-year-old Hispanic male who is 5'9" tall and weighs 220 pounds. He has black hair, black eyes and a mole beneath his lower lip. He is believed to be living in either Aguascalientes, Mexico, or San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Anyone with information about Ponce are asked to call 1-800-225-5324 or click here to submit an online tip. The FBI said anyone who has information about Ponce should not take any action themselves, other than contacting the FBI. Also, anyone who thinks they may have seen Ponce outside of the United States should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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