Most wanted Texas fugitive captured in Cayucos

Blake Everett Reed

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies captured a Texas fugitive who had been on the run for more than seven months in Cayucos on Sunday.

Blake Everett Reed, 32, of Hawkins, Texas, had been on the Texas 10 Most Wanted list for charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting a public servant, harassing a public servant and evading arrest with a vehicle. Authorities described Reed as a violent criminal with an extensive criminal history including multiple violent crimes.

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

Reed then fled, and Texas authorities failed to capture him. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office issued multiple warrants for his arrest starting in May 2017.

Investigators in Texas had suspected Reed may be in the Cayucos or Cambria area, officials said. Through tips from the public, surveillance and other investigative techniques, SLO County Sheriff’s deputies managed to locate Reed.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Narcotics Unit and Gang Task Force members arrested Reed without incident in the 900 block of Park Avenue in Cayucos. Reed is currently in SLO County Jail awaiting extradition to Texas.

The Wood County Constable’s Office precinct 2 and multiple other law enforcement agencies in Texas assisted with the investigation. The SLO County District Attorney’s Office also utilized documents and warrants that helped lead to Reed’s capture.