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November 25, 2013

UPDATE :Texas Most Wanted Sex offender captured by Pittsburg County Sheriffs Office

McALESTER — Monday night the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office caputured a sexually violent sex offender listed to the Texas Most Wanted Sex Offender List, officials say.

The PSCO arrested Robert Charles Grunsfeld, 51, at approximately 5 p.m. at Taco Bell in McAlester, according to Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns.

Grunsfeld is considered a sexually violent predator at high risk to re-offend, Kerns said.

His female victims have accused him of using a stun gun, handcuffing them, and spraying tear gas in their eyes while he raped them, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Meanwhile Kerns said his investigators were acting on a lead from earlier in the day.

“We had a call from someone with information that led to the arrest,” Kerns said.

“My investigators followed up quickly on the lead and it turned into a good solid arrest,” Kerns said.

He said Grunsfeld was arrested after PCSO investigators and the McAlester Police Department converged on Grunsfeld’s vehicle parked at Taco Bell in McAlester.

“He just got out of the car and we took him into custody,” Kerns said.

A large amount of cash was also found with Grunsfeld, he said.

Grunsfeld’s criminal history includes six counts of sexual assault, burglary, fraud and three counts of carrying a prohibited weapon, according to DPS.

 Grunsfeld had been on Texas Most Wanted Sex Offender List since Friday when he cut off his ankle monitor and walked out of a half-way house in Dallas, according to Kerns.

According to the DPS Grunsfeld has convictions for aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, burglary, fraud and carrying a prohibited weapon.

A $3,000 reward was offered for his capture, according to the Texas DPS.

Meanwhile Grunsfeld is currently being held at Pittsburg County Jail without bond.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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