Seattle police say they have located a sexually violent predator from Canada who crossed into the U.S. last week after allegedly cutting off his GPS monitoring device. But, they say they are unable to arrest him.
Michael Sean Stanley, 48, left Edmonton, Alberta and crossed into the U.S. at Blaine, Wash., Oct. 7.
Seattle police say they received information that Stanley might be in the Seattle area and they located him Thursday morning with the help of U.S. Marshals.
Canadian police have declined to extradite Stanley and Seattle police said they have not received any information that Stanley has committed any crimes in the U.S. So, SPD says it is unable to arrest him at this time.
An Edmonton police detective reportedly said last week that there are no arrest warrants for Stanley in the U.S. CBC reports that Stanley does have a criminal record in the U.S., although the report did not elaborate.
Seattle police call the situation complicated and say law enforcement officials on both sides of the border are working to resolve it.
Police say they have ordered Stanley to immediately register as a sex offender in Washington state, which would bring him under law enforcement supervision. If he fails to do so, he could be arrested.
Stanley reportedly has a history of sexual offenses in Canada dating back to 1987 as well as a history of taking children from playgrounds. CBC reports Stanley spent nine years in prison for aggravated assault of an 82-year-old woman in a wheelchair. He was also sentenced in 2006 for assault and unlawful confinement after luring two mentally impaired boys to an apartment.
Stanley was required to wear a GPS electronic monitoring bracelet. Police said they went after him after the monitor showed he had left Edmonton. By the time they tracked it down to a city on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, the bracelet had been removed and left behind.