Update: Ronald Clayton was arrested Thursday, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
A fugitive alert has been issued for a Level III sex offender who was expected to be in Tacoma but cut off his GPS tracker on Monday.
Ronald Clayton was convicted of rape and assault when he was 16 for entering a Pierce County woman’s home with a gun, binding her, raping her and strangling her nearly to death, according to court documents.
He served a sentence of more than 18 years and was released in September 2011, according to the state Department of Corrections (DOC).
While on community supervision, Clayton was convicted of failing to register as a felony sex offender in Pierce and Kitsap counties, and was convicted in Lewis County of possessing a controlled substance, a DOC spokesperson said.
In 2017, he was once again convicted of failing to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 24 months.
When he was released Saturday, Oct. 5, he told authorities he planned to stay at the Tacoma Rescue Mission, but he hasn’t shown up, said Pierce County Sheriff’s Detective Ed Troyer. As of Wednesday, Oct. 9, his whereabouts were still unknown, Troyer said.
Troyer said Wednesday he was unsure why the DOC agreed to let Clayton leave the detention facility with the stated intention of checking in at a homeless shelter, where vulnerable people are.
“That’s messed up,” he said.
The public was alerted that Clayton was a wanted man only after a staff member at Crime Stoppers saw a warning about Clayton intended for police and determined the information ought to be public, Troyer said.
Earlier this week, Troyer told Washington’s Most Wanted that Clayton is dangerous and needs to be found. “We don’t know if he can even conform or act OK in society. This is somebody that needs to get picked up,” he said.
According to Washington’s Most Wanted, Clayton is 6 feet tall, weighs 222 pounds and likely is traveling on foot.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at 1-800-222-TIPS.