Police in Washington, D.C., captured a convicted sex offender who went on the run after his release from prison in Virginia. With his assortment of facial tattoos and unusual hairstyle, spotting him was not difficult for police.
Matthew Stager was released from the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg, Virginia, on Feb. 2, but he failed to show up to the transitional center at which he had agreed to report after his release, reports WHNS.
He was cleared to travel to Austin, Texas, and was supposed to report to a halfway home there within a day, as he is technically still in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons until at July, his scheduled release date, according to WTVR.
Although he was spotted at the Richmond International Airport, he never boarded his scheduled flight and was charged with escape on Feb. 3.
He has a rather distinctive appearance.
Stager was convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in 1999 in North Carolina, a crime that required him to register as a lifelong sex offender. He was arrested again in 2012 in Texas for failing to submit his sex offender registration and was sentenced in 2013 to five years of prison followed by five years of mandatory parole.
He has undergone quite a transformation over the years. Several years ago, he looked rather different, according to his Myspace photos.
The extensively tattooed blond man has been arrested in multiple states and has gone by the aliases Moon Black and Jesse Crew. He does not have any known family, transportation or associates in Virginia but does have connections across the country.
WTKR reports that two police officers saw Stager, who has a history of drug abuse and mental health problems, near a court building in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 7 and took him into custody without incident.
Sources: WTKR, WTVR, WHNS / Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Wikimedia Commons, Matthew Stager/Myspace via Daily Mail, WTKR