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US Marshals searching for fugitive gang member believed to be in Austin

Heron Pena was recently on probation but after violating it, decided to hide from law enforcement. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is searching for a man with an extensive criminal history, known to be a gang member.

Heron Pena was recently on probation but after violating it, decided to hide from law enforcement.

Pena has been in and out of jail since the early 90s for a variety of crimes.

"Criminal trespassing, driving while intoxicating, failure to ID as a fugitive, burglary," said U.S. Deputy Marshal Brandon Filla.

In 2012 he was found with a gun and had to serve a five-year sentence for felon in possession of a firearm. After his time in jail, he had to serve three years of probation.

"It's been since he's been released that he's been a problem again," Filla said.

Authorities believe the problem is tied to an addiction that contributed to his probation violations.

"I think that also brings out the aggressive behavior, that's explained from his probation office, where he's also tried to seek counseling and he gets aggressive with those counselors," Filla said.

Pena is a martial arts expert and is known to be involved with Texas gangs.

"He's a member of the Crips, he also runs with the Texas Syndicate," Filla said.

Authorities also believe that his criminal history and his gang affiliation could pose an immediate threat.

"I would perceive him as a danger to the community, not only for the community but a danger to himself," Filla said.

The Task Force suspects that he is still in Austin. The members are determined to get him behind bars again.

"Gets incarcerated, gets back out, he does good for a short brief of time, and goes right back in. This is just a recycled behavior", Filla said.

If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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