RICHMOND, VA -- U.S. Marshals just captured a convicted sex offender who was on the run since early February. Agents arrested Matthew Stager in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon.
A U.S. Marshal agent says MPD saw Stager walking down a street near the D.C. Superior Court and was quickly arrested. He's now pending transfer to Richmond, Virginia, where he will face an escape charge.
The search for the 44-year-old started after he failed to "self-report" to a transitional center when he was released from the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg, Virginia, on February 2.
He was given one-day of 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 on July 7. U.S. Marshals say that when Stager signed that document he also acknowledged that if he failed to report to the Austin Transitional House he would be charged with escape.
In 1999, Stager was convicted in North Carolina with indecent liberties with a minor and was required to register as a sex offender for life. Detectives say, he has a history or drug abuse and mental health concerns.