Escaped child rapist may be headed to Washington State

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Eric Hartwell, a convicted child rapist from Everett, cut off his GPS tracking ankle bracelet in Denver Saturday, and now police fear he could be headed to Washington state.

Hartwell, 51, was convicted in Snohomish County in 1991 for molesting his neighbor’s 6-year-old daughter and served more than four years in prison for trying to rape a pregnant 17-year-old he picked up hitchhiking in 1996. He was also sentenced to five years in prison under the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act for failing to register as a sex offender.

Hartwell, who is required to register as a sex-offender for life, was placed in a halfway house in Washington in 2009. But he left the home and fled to Texas. The U.S. Marshals caught him near Dallas a week after he escaped, but it took a foot chase and fight to get him into custody. The US Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Unit based in Seattle was responsible for the information that led to his arrest the last time he escaped to Carrollton, Tx and is hard at work trying to locate him again this time.

The corrections department’s fugitive apprehension unit is working with other law enforcement agencies to find Hartwell “as quickly as possible,” Colorado Corrections Department spokesman Roger Hudson told CNN Sunday.

Hartwell is a Level-3 sex offender and considered the most likely to reoffend.

Call 911 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you spot Hartwell.

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