Citizen tip leads to arrest of convicted sex offender

Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

Authorities captured a convicted child sex offender whose two-year flight from authorities was featured in The Washington Examiner earlier this month.

Michael Hooker, 33, was arrested Tuesday in Triangle, Va., after a citizen learned he might be wanted and tipped off U.S. Marshals.

Hooker was required to register as a sex offender after he was found guilty in 1994 of a sex offense on a child between the ages of 13 and 15 in Prince William County.

But in May 2007, he failed to report to probation officials for a 2003 drug conviction, and when authorities checked on him at his home, he was gone.

His case was featured on the Crime Punishment page Feb. 11. Law enforcement agencies offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitives.

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