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Wanted Sex Offender Probably Can Blame Tattoos for Capture

Matthew Ezekiel Stager was recognized as he roamed DC
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 10, 2017 10:44 AM CST

(Newser) – US Marshals say a convicted sex offender with extensive facial tattoos who was at large has been arrested after he was recognized in the nation's capital. Deputy US Marshal Chris Leuer said in a statement that Matthew Ezekiel Stager was spotted about 4pm Wednesday, the AP reports. His arrest followed several reported sightings in Washington. Leuer says District police officers recognized the tattoo-covered suspect as he walked down the street near the DC Superior Court.

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Stager has tattoos on his face, head, and neck. He was taken into custody without incident. News outlets reported that the 44-year-old was released Thursday from the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg. He failed to show up at a transitional center in Texas. The Washington Post quotes a US Marshals rep as saying Stager was a registered sex offender due to a 1999 conviction for indecent liberties with a minor in North Carolina. (Read more tattoos stories.)

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