The violent sex offender that escaped custody last week and cutoff his ankle bracelet was captured in Norfolk, Va. by U.S. Marshals.
Eric Hartwell is a convicted child rapist and had been on the run since walking out Independence halfway house in Denver, Colorado. Authorities caught up with him in a motel in Norfolk.
Marshals took Hartwell into custody after breaking down the door of motel when he refused to surrender.
Chief Deputy Marshal Kenneth Deal said “We have been relentlessly pursuing Hartwell, day and night, as he fled across the country, when a dangerous predator is on the loose we don’t stop.”
The fugitive Hartwell has been in and out of jail since the early 90’s and has a history of running from police. The 51 year-old sex offender was first convicted back in 1991 for raping child in Washington state. Then in 1995 Hartwell picked up a pregnant hitchhiker and tried to rape her.
The convicted rapist has failed to register as a sex offender multiple times. Hartwell served three years in jail for failing to register as a sex offender in Colorado back in 2007. After serving time prison time in Washington in 2009, Hartwell failed to register again and cutoff his ankle bracelet fleeing to Texas. He was captured in Carrollton, Tx., and sentenced to five years back in 2010.
The U.S. Marshals would not comment on how Hartwell ended up at the halfway house in Denver, before going on the run again.
The laws for registering as a sex offender vary from state to state, but it is designed as a way for authorities to keep track of sex offenders activities and where they are maintaining residence. In many states sex offenders are required to make it publicly known at their place of residence and there are often restrictions on where they can live.
Fugitive Sex Offender That Cutoff His Ankle Bracelet Captured In Norfolk, VA.