Thursday, June 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

Crime Stoppers: Tacoma restaurant patrons help capture wanted sex offender

The recent arrest of unregistered sex offender Preston Richardson at a Pizza Hut restaurant in Tacoma is a perfect example of community members, the media, Crime Stoppers and police working together. Richardson was wanted by US Marshals for a Federal Probation Violation and by the Washington Department of Corrections for a State Violation. 

He is a sex offender who is required to register for life due to a 2000 conviction for Rape of a Child 1st degree. His photo and a plea for help from the public to find him aired on Q13 FOX News at 10. The next day, several people recognized him in the Pizza Hut and called 1-800-222-tips. The hotline operator immediately contacted Tacoma Police who arrived on scene, took Richardson into custody and booked him into the Pierce County jail. He has a criminal history that includes assault, burglary and several thefts. The tipster will receive a cash reward for the information that led to the fugitive's capture. 

Sadly, Richardson is not the only unregistered sex offender wanted by the law right now. To see the rest, go to