WASHINGTON, D.C. — Matthew Stager, a tattoo-covered convicted sex offender wanted by U.S. Marshals, was captured in Washington D.C. Wednesday.
Police say the 45-year-old was released Thursday from the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg, and was due to check in to a transitional center in Texas.
After he failed to show up, U.S. Marshals issued a wanted alert, describing him as having distinctive tattoos on his face, head, and neck.
A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals told the Washington Post that Stager was convicted in 1999 in North Carolina for indecent liberties with a minor, a charge that forced him to register as a sex offender. He was then convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in 2013.
Authorities say Stager has a history of drug abuse and mental-health issues.
“Thanks to the extensive media coverage, U.S. Marshals received numerous [tips] throughout the day with several reported sightings of Stager in Washington D.C,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Leuer. “U.S. Marshals followed up on all tips, and worked with the Metropolitan Police Department to canvass D.C. in an effort to locate Stager.”
At around 4 P.M. Stager was observed walking down the street near the D.C. Superior Court by two Metropolitan Police Department officers, who took him into custody without incident.
Main photo: Matthew Stager [U.S. Marshals]