TACOMA -- Washington's Most Wanted Capture #600 is on the run again and has a warrant for his arrest. Andrew Genders is wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He was convicted in 2009 of third-degree assault with sexual motivation for preying on a young boy he was babysitting. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals in 2015 in Rialto, CA thanks to your tips but was never convicted of Failure to Register because he didn't show up to court after being released on bail. Now, Pierce County deputies need your help to find him again. He is 26-years-old, has blond hair, blue eyes, is 5'05" and weighs 140 lbs. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Andrew Genders, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. All calls are anonymous and there is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to his arrest.
SEATTLE -- A Pierce County sex offender on the run since 2012 is Washington’s Most Wanted’s 600th fugitive captured.
Andrew Genders was arrested Tuesday night at 571 Wood Hill St. in Rialto, Calif., by U.S. Marshals.
The 24-year-old is currently in the San Bernardino Jail awaiting extradition to Washington state to face charges of escape from community custody and failure to register as a sex offender.
He was convicted in 2009 of third-degree assault with sexual motivation for preying on a young boy he was babysitting.
After being featured on Washington’s Most Wanted on February 13, Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers got numerous viewer tips that Genders was living in Rialto, Calif.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department worked with the Washington Department of Corrections to modify Genders’ warrant so he could be arrested and transferred back to Washington to face his charges.
The Sheriff’s Department also notified law enforcement in Rialto that an unregistered sex offender may be in their area.
The Department of Corrections coordinated efforts with the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and arrest Genders based on addresses provided by WMW viewers.
The U.S. Marshals were able to verify the addresses and conducted surveillance on the home where they believed Genders was staying. They later spotted him and took him into custody.
“Credit really goes to the partnership with local law enforcement agencies like Pierce County,” said Acting Assistant Chief Raymond Fleck of the U.S. Marshals Service in the Western District of Washington. “Once they get a case like this, our Violent Offender Task Force adopts it and we can immediately take action no matter where a fugitive is hiding. Our kids live in these communities, too, so anytime there is a wanted sex offender who has fled to another state, we take finding that fugitive very seriously.”
"Thanks to the prosecutor's office for expanding the warrant to a national warrant, we were able to get him picked up and he's going to be brought here and held accountable," said Pierce County sheriff's detective Ed Troyer. "Also, now that we know where he's living down in California, we're going to be able to notify those people where he was living of his background to see if there's any other victims."
“Congratulations to Washington’s Most Wanted on their 600th capture," Troyer added. "That’s a lot of people that wouldn’t be in jail if it wasn’t for your viewers and everybody that helps get these bad guys caught. Six-hundred people. That’s half the population of the Pierce CountyJjail. That’s a lot of bad guys off the streets.”
A big thanks to Washington’s Most Wanted viewers, the Department of Corrections, and the U.S. Marshals Service for their help!
Here is the video report from Feb. 13 on this then-fugitive: