Authorities believe Austin fugitive with violent tendencies is couch surfing

Michael Samarina Spence is wanted for assaulting a family member in September. (Previous booking photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

UPDATE: Marshals report Spence was arrested last December.


Authorities are searching for a fugitive with violent tendencies who is believed to be couch surfing to avoid capture.

Michael Samarina Spence, 29, has been arrested 16 times and has 9 convictions.

He’s wanted for assaulting a family member in September. An arrest warrant says it happened at the 5300 block of S. Pleasant Valley Rd. at a family gathering.

U.S. Deputy Marshal Brandon Filla said Spence threatened a family member with a knife after being arrested days before.

“He felt that they turned him into law enforcement,” Filla said.

Filla said Spence lunged at the family member while holding the knife and threatened to shoot his family.

“That’s when Spence kicked out a window of a vehicle at the house and fled on foot and his whereabouts haven’t been known since,” Filla said.

Spence has a long criminal history dating back to 2002. The charges include aggravated robbery, retaliation and assault of a family member.

He’s also admitted to being on PCP when some of the crimes were committed.

"He is a drug user, he has violent tendencies and he is known to be armed and dangerous,” Filla said.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force needs your help.

"He is a very easy individual to pick out of a crowd,” Filla said. “He's got tattoos on his face."

Spence is 6 feet tall and weighs about 175 pounds.

Authorities believe he could be hiding in South Austin and say he has been known to hang out near 7th and Trinity downtown.

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

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