Updated: Wanted Texas fugitive captured in Southern Oregon
Thanks to the help from an anonymous tipster, the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force has found one of Texas’ most wanted fugitives in southern Jackson County.
James Mark Bishop, 50, was captured at 4:50 p.m. Monday in the Conde Creek area, according to a release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies were able to track Bishop down after stating in a news release Monday that police had reason to believe Bishop is living “off the grid” in Southern Oregon. Tips garnered on social media confirmed police’s suspicions.
Bishop, of Tulia, Texas, was listed Monday by the Texas Department of Public Safety as one of the state’s 10 most wanted fugitives.
The Texas bulletin on Bishop lists charges that include continuous sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child by sexual contact, and five counts of knowingly downloading child pornography, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, which consists of federal agents and local police officers, believed Bishop to be working security or another job at an illicit marijuana grow in Southern Oregon or possibly Northern California.
Police said Bishop should be considered armed and dangerous. He has military and martial arts experience, and he worked as a Texas County, Oklahoma, sheriff’s deputy until 2007, when he was arrested on child pornography charges.
Bishop went to prison until 2011 for the crime, and later moved to south Texas.
Bishop was most recently arrested in 2020 on charges accusing him of sex crimes with a 12-year-old girl in Tulia, Texas. He posted bond and fled the state. In July, the Texas County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma revoked his probation and the Tulia, Texas police department issued felony warrants for his arrest.