Seattle police say they’ve located a high-risk sexually violent predator who fled Canada and crossed the border into Washington state, but they can’t arrest him.
Investigators working with U.S. Marshals located 48-year-old Michael Sean Stanley in downtown Seattle after getting reports he was in the city.
Stanley is considered a violent and dangerous sex offender who has been on the run since cutting off his electronic monitoring bracelet Oct. 1 in Edmonton, Alberta.
He crossed into Washington at the Blaine border crossing on Oct. 7, but authorities had no grounds to stop the U.S. citizen.
Canadian officials have declined to extradite Stanley at this time. Seattle police could not arrest him because they have no information that he has committed any crimes in the U.S. since crossing the border.
“Law enforcement officials on both sides of the U.S. border are working to resolve this very complicated situation,” said Seattle police in a statement.
Police have ordered Stanley to immediately register as a sex offender in Washington, which would bring him under law enforcement supervision. Law enforcement officials could arrest Stanley if he fails to do so, police said.