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.
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.)