Most wanted - Marshals hope for 3rd caught fugitive in a row

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Crime,Scott McCabe

Convicted child sex offender Christopher Preston has
been on the run for five years, and U.S. marshals are hoping that Examiner readers can, for the third week in a row, help them catch a fugitive.

As a sexually violent offender, 37-year-old Preston is required to register with Prince George’s County officials. But he moved in 2003 without telling authorities and has been missing ever
since.

“Preston has been in the wind way too long, and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force would like the public’s help in catching up with him,” said Matt Burke, supervisory inspector with the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

In the past two weeks, alert Examiner readers led directly to the arrest of the featured Most Wanted fugitive profiled on the Crime & Punishment page. Two weeks ago, police captured violent child sex offender Andre Stevenson after alert readers at a bus stop saw him hanging around a private school in Southeast Washington.

Last week, a man showed the story and photo of 24-year-old Andrew Jenkins to a D.C. police officer and pointed the officer to Jenkins nearby. He was immediately arrested.

Said Burke: “I’d like to see if the Examiner readers can go three for three and lead us directly to a wanted sex offender for the third week in a row.”

Preston is listed as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 140 pounds. He has tattoos on his neck and left arm, and is known to have piercings on his left ear and nose. He has dyed his hair from brown to blond in the past.

Christopher Raymond Preston grew up in Beltsville and moves around frequently. He has been spotted around Georgetown and Baltimore.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the U.S. Marshals Service at 301-489-1717 or 800-336-0102. Law enforcement is offering a reward for information leading to his arrest.

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the U.S. Marshals Service, comprises 28 federal, state and local agencies from Baltimore to Norfolk. The unit has captured 23,000 wanted fugitives since its creation in 2004.
 

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