Authorities searching for fugitive with white supremacist ties in Austin area
Authorities are searching for a man with ties to a white supremacist group, who they believe could be stealing identities.
Brian Whitfield has been found with a number of fake documents on two separate occasions, which is why officials believe he could still be doing it.
"Those fraudulent documents could be someone's identification, someone's driver's license which could then lead to a possible fraudulent social security card," said U.S. Deputy Marshal Brandon Filla.
In addition to the fake documents, Whitfield has a long criminal record dating back to 1987. In those three decades, he has been arrested at least 13 times.
"Burglary, fraud, drug use, he's kind of got that repetitive behavior," Filla said.
Then in 2013 he was convicted for the fake ID's. It was a federal crime and the first time he was being convicted for this type of offense.
"He received 21 months in prison which was followed by three years of supervised released," Filla said.
During his time on parole, authorities had to modify his conditions on several occasions. He received job placement assistance but had a number of supervision requirements. Then, he was found with fake documents for the second time.
"He commits the same crime but is arrested at the state level not the federal level," Filla said.
Because it was a state crime, he was released on bond. Before the news could get to his federal parole, Whitfield escaped.
Now the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is searching for him in Austin's southern region.
"Seguin, Comal County, New Braunfels, even has family in the San Antonio area," Filla said.
Authorities believe that while on the run, Whitfield could have changed his look. But there is one constant: "Those tattoos kind of stick out no matter what kind of hairstyle you have," Filla said.
He has tattoos on his arms, his feet, his back, but perhaps most important to authorities is a tattoo on his chest.
"He has a peckerwood logo on his chest which shows that he had some type of affiliation at one time with the Aryan Brotherhood," Filla said.
Being part of this group is also a violation of his parole. But authorities don't see him stopping.
"Those are the types of crimes that hurt later down the line," Filla said.
If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.