Man on TBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ list arrested after 13 years

Jose Rendon (Courtesy: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
Jose Rendon (Courtesy: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man who was on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list for 13 years was arrested in Texas.

Jose Rendon, 67, was captured Saturday night by deputies with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office.

He was added to the Most Wanted List on Nov. 19, 2003 and was wanted by the TBI and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office on a felony failure to appear warrant.  Rendon was set to go on trial for aggravated sexual battery of a child under 13 years old.

Authorities say he took on the identity of his brother, Guadalupe Vella Rendon. They believe he spent the last few months staying with a family in Coldspring, Texas.

Officials learned of Rendon’s whereabouts after he was injured. The family he was staying with tried to reach out to Rendon’s biological family to notify them that he was hurt, and one of them called police.

Agents with the TBI then coordinated with local law enforcement to arrest Rendon.

He remains behind bars in the San Jacinto County Jail, where he’s being held without bond.