US Marshals capture tattoo-covered sex offender with connections in multiple states

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Matthew Stager

Matthew Stager

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A convicted sex offender wanted by U.S. Marshals after failing to self-report to a transitional center after his release from prison earlier this month has been captured, according to WTVR.

Matthew Stager, 44, was released from the Federal Correctional Complex in Virginia on Feb. 2. He was given a one-day furlough to travel to Austin, Texas and signed a form acknowledging that he was still in the custody of the bureau of prisons until his projected release date in July.

His signature acknowledged that he could be charged with escape should he fail to report to the Austin Transitional House as directed.  He was last seen at the Richmond International Airport on Feb. 2 after failing to make his scheduled flight to Austin as required.

Stager was captured in Washington D.C. after numerous tips were submitted that suggested Stager was in the area. He was taken into custody around 4 p.m. after officers with the Metropolitan Police Department spotted him walking down the street.

Stager is a convicted sex offender and has a history of drug abuse and mental health concerns, according to U.S. Marshals. He was convicted in NC in 1999 of indecent liberties with a minor and was required to register as a sex offender for life.