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U.S. sex offender arrested in Nanaimo

A sex offender on the run from police in the U.S. was caught by Mounties in Nanaimo this morning.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the fugitive had been on the run since police in Springfield, Ill., issued a warrant for his arrest Aug. 12.

The 49-year-old male suspect – the RCMP have not released his name yet – was arrested without incident in a home on Cranberry Avenue in south Nanaimo at about 8:30 a.m., based on information received from U.S. law enforcement.

“Now we’re working with U.S. officials, police in Springfield, Ill., and Canada Border Services Agency because we have to look at what offences, if any, he committed by entering Canada,” O’Brien said.

“He’s quite a predatory sex offender. He’s on parole out of Minnesota for sex offences.”

O’Brien did not know how long the suspect had been in Canada prior to his arrest.

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