Manhunt Monday: Wichita Falls man sought for alleged probation violations

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In this week's Manhunt Monday, police are seeking Joseph Mark Barnes for allegedly violating the terms of his probation in a family violence case, according to a media release from Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers.

Joseph Barnes
Joseph Barnes

Barnes, 55, pleaded guilty and was convicted of assault of a family or household member, with a previous conviction, on Feb. 14, 2020, in 78th District Court, according to court documents.

He is a Black man with black hair and brown eyes, according to the media release. Barnes weighs 170 pounds and is 5-feet-11-inches tall.

He should be considered dangerous and is possibly armed, according to Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers warns members of the public not to try to apprehend him themselves.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $500 reward if a tip leads to his arrest and the board approves the reward.

If you have any information on the location of this fugitive, call Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888 24 hours a day.

The number for long distance callers is (800) 322-9888.

You never have to give your name when giving a tip, according to www.wfcrime.com.

Seventy-eighth District Judge Meredith Kennedy suspended Barnes' sentence of 10 years in prison for eight years of probation, according to court records.

Kennedy also ordered Barnes to pay a $1,500 fine and $345 in court costs as part of a plea bargain for the July 13, 2019, offense, court documents show.

Wichita County District Attorney John Gillespie has filed a motion to revoke Barnes' probation, alleging he admitted to using drugs, alcohol, methamphetamine and cocaine, according to court filings.

He is also accused of falling 150 hours behind in community service and failing to attend a drug and alcohol evaluation, according to allegations in court documents.

Trish Choate, enterprise watchdog reporter for the Times Record News, covers education, courts, breaking news, politics and more. Contact Trish with news tips at tchoate@gannett.com. Her Twitter handle is @Trishapedia.

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