Sex offender who fled Canada arrested in Seattle

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SEATTLE — A violent sex offender who recently fled Canada was arrested in Seattle on Tuesday after authorities say he threatened to assault a person and became combative with police.

Michael Sean Stanley was booked into the King County Jail for harassment, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. Officials said they received several reports of a man yelling in a West Seattle alley early Tuesday, including one person who asked Stanley to be quiet. Police said Stanley threatened to assault that person.

Stanley became combative when police arrived at the scene and claimed he had a knife, authorities said. They said he appeared intoxicated.

Stanley, an American citizen, crossed the border and was located in the Seattle area last week. Canadian officials decided not to seek extradition.

Now registered as a sex offender in King County, Stanley listed his address as an intersection just a block away from Pike Place Market, a scenic destination for both tourists and locals. It’s also near a preschool, even though he had been ordered to stay away from children in Canada.

U.S. authorities had said there was no reason to arrest Stanley since Canada hadn’t pursued an extraditable warrant and he wasn’t wanted for any crimes in the United States.

Stanley was released from jail in Canada in April 2011 after completing a 32-month sentence for assault and forcible confinement.

Stanley was being monitored by police under a peace bond, which Canadian authorities can get to impose conditions on individuals in the community. His peace bond has 20 conditions, including one ordering him to stay away from children.

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