October 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM
Sex offender who fled Canada arrested for harassment
Seattle police say they have arrested Michael Sean Stanley, the violent sex offender who fled Canada after cutting a monitoring bracelet off his leg and crossed into the U.S. earlier this month.
Police said Stanley was arrested for harassment after police responded to reports of a person yelling in an alley near the 2300 block of 44th Avenue Southwest in West Seattle around 6 a.m.
One caller told police that when he’d asked the man to quiet down, the man had threatened to assault him, according to the police department’s website.
Police say that when officers arrived, Stanley appeared intoxicated and became combative, saying he had a knife. Officers confiscated a small knife after he was in custody. The 48-year-old Stanley was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of harassment.
According to Seattle Municipal Court records, Stanely is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the King County Jail.
Stanley entered the U.S. earlier this month after fleeing Edmonton, Alberta, where he had been in prison for kidnapping two boys from a school playground. He also has a rape conviction for assaulting an 83-year-old disabled woman. Police in Canada said he has a long history of breaking and entering. Canada has said it will not seek his extradition over charges of cutting off his GPS monitor.
Seattle police last week ordered Stanley to register as a sex offender, which he did as a transient, listing the general area of First Street and Pine Avenue in downtown Seattle as his address. The location is near Pike Place Market and one block from the preschool, according to records.
Ilene Stark, executive director of the Pike Market Child Care & Preschool, said Monday the Pike Place Market security team has been on top of the situation.
“The head of market security came by on Friday and showed us photos of the man, which we’ve shared with all the parents and all the teachers,” she said.
The King County Sheriff’s Office has classified Stanley as a Level 2 sex offender. Spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said this morning that Stanley’s arrest will not impact his sex offender status.
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