Most wanted sex offender arrested at Tremont Street bar
One of Massachusetts’ most wanted high-risk sex offenders, a man who had three warrants issued for his arrest, was apprehended at a bar on Tremont Street in Boston, State Police said.
Umar Shabazz, 54, faces charges of failing to register as a Level 3 sex offender, refusing to provide a DNA database sample, and possession of a Class B narcotic with intent to distribute, State Police said in a statement.
He had previously served a prison sentence for rape, kidnapping, and armed robbery, but never complied with the law requiring that he register as a sex offender after his release, State Police said.
Police recently gathered information indicating that Shabazz was in the Boston area, causing them to set up surveillance to catch him. After nine hours of searching, police found Shabazz at about 6 p.m. Tuesday at Slades Bar and Grill on Tremont Street, State Police said.
Once arrested, Shabazz was transported to State Police barracks in Millbury, where police obtained a DNA sample from him. He was then transported to the Worcester police department, where he was processed and held for arraignment.Jasper Craven can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Jasper_Craven