Grifter Arrested in Hopkins County

August 11, 2023 – JOEL HINTON DOWNS was arrested this week in Hopkins County Texas. He is currently charged with two counts of:

31.03(E)(4)(A) THEFT PROP >=$2,500<$30K


Downs has been arrested several time in recent years and charged with numerous crimes.

In February 2021 he was arrested in Hunt County and charged with:

  • THEFT PROP >=$750<$2,500
  • THEFT PROP >=$2,500<$30K
  • THEFT PROP >=$2,500<$30K

In March 2019, Downs reportedly advertised as Flying J Building Systems, bid the cost of the construction of a metal building on a resident’s property. Downs took a $10,000 payment upfront and never returned to start the job. See that story here.

In Van Zandt County on 5/12/2018 he was charged with felony theft of service greater than $30,000 but less than $150,000.

In June of 2017, Downs was arrested and charged with THEFT PROP $2500<$30k in Franklin County.

If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. You can reach them for non-emergency matters at (903) 438-4040.

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