Violent Texas fugitive has ties to SLO County

A Texas man who is wanted for assaulting a public servant and various other crimes and has been on the run for more than seven months has ties to San Luis Obispo County, including the communities of Cambria and Cayucos, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Blake Everett Reed, 32, is listed as one of Texas’s 10 most wanted fugitives. Authorities describe him as a violent criminal with an extensive criminal history, including multiple violent crimes.

In Sept. 2016, Reed allegedly assaulted a woman in a Wood County, Texas. He was booked into jail on multiple felony charges and then released on bond several days later.

Reed has since fled, and authorities have failed to capture him. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office has issued multiple warrants for his arrest since May 2017.

The fugitive is wanted for assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting a public servant, harassment of a public servant and evading arrest with a vehicle.

Officials say Reed has ties to several cities and counties in Texas, in addition to his ties to SLO County. In the past, he has also frequented Omaha, Nebraska and parts of western Iowa. Reed has a history of working in the oilfield drilling industry.

Reed is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 290 pounds with tattoos on both of his arms and left leg. He also has scars on his left knee and forearm.

Authorities warn that Reed should be considered armed and dangerous. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to his capture.