MISSING SEX OFFENDER Last seen in Petersburg turns up in D.C.
Feb 12, 2017, 16:11
TRI-CITIES – Authorities are searching for a 45 year-old convicted sex offender who was released from federal prison in Petersburg. Although Matthew Ezekiel Stager was released to fly to a transitional center in texas on Feb. 2, he never showed, and law enforcement does not know where he is. Some offenders are allowed to “self report” according to the Bureau of Prisons, when relocating to a new facility. However, Stager was transitioning to a center near Austin, Texas from a medium security facility and never arrived for the move.
Stager was forced to register as a sex offender in 1999 when he was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor in North Carolina. Stager was serving a five-year federal sentence because he failed to register as a sex offender in 2013.
Stager is 5-feet tall, weighs-in at 145 pounds and is covered in tattoos. He has a record of drug abuse and mental issues according to authorities.
On Wednesday, about 2:40 p.m., D.C. police officers arrested Stager in the 500 block of 4th St. NW near the Judiciary Square Metro station, D.C. Superior Court and D.C. police headquarters.
Having been last seen in the Tri-Cities area before apprehension, Stager was a potential risk in the immediate area.