Richard Carl Heeringa, molester and one of U.S. Marshal's 15 most wanted, captured in Michigan

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Update below: In April, convicted child molester Richard Carl Heeringa wound up in the number four slot on Denver's list of the top 25 most violent fugitives. Then, in July, Heeringa was added to the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 most wanted list for the entire country. This increased heat appears to have paid dividends: He was captured over the weekend in Michigan.

As we've reported, Heeringa has a shocking history of sexually abusing children. He served a twelve-year jolt in Michigan after being convicted of a sex offense there, and shortly after his 2004 release, he began a relationship with a single mom with a twelve-year-old daughter. He moved in with the pair in Colorado circa 2005, giving him the opportunity to molest the girl for years -- until January 2008, when she finally blew the whistle on him.

Last year, Heeringa was found guilty on seventeen counts, including sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and failing to register as a sex offender -- crimes that could net him as much as 500 years in prison. But the same day the verdict came down -- April 15, 2010 -- he split.

For more than a year, Heeringa was off the radar. Authorities speculated that because he once owned a construction company, he might have sought work as a handyman. In addition, his background as a martial-arts practitioner and hunter suggested that he could survive for a long stretch in the wild -- perhaps in Michigan, where he was born.

Update, 12:06 p.m. November 1: In the wake of today's news conference, the U.S. Marshal's Service has released more details about the capture of Richard Carl Heeringa.

On Saturday, investigators from the service's Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team and officers from the Detroit Police Department were contacted by a local with information about someone on the America's Most Wanted website: Heeringa. The tipster said he'd been living in Detroit for a year under the name Tim Thurman.

Before long, authorities determined that the info was credible and put Thurman/Heeringa's basement residence under surveillance. They moved in around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night and quickly took him into custody. And given the way he skipped out on sentencing last time around, you can bet no bond will be set.

Look below to see a brief report from WKZO-TV, which features an updated mug shot. Below that is a larger look at his previous booking photo.

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Richard Carl Heeringa.
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Outofthebox
Outofthebox

 Having known the entire family a long time ago before it all started.  You cannot hold his parents accountable for his actions.  The rental house issue was not his Mom's business and there is another Richard Herringa.  This people have committed no crime and should not be punished for someone else’s actions.(even if it was their son, brother, etc)  I am not a relative either.  (Just stop and think about it before you put judgment)As a Mom I can tell you if I allow someone in my house you can bet I have done my homework on who they are.  We as people have to watch out for our own children and look into who, what , where and why.  Not every child is going to communicate touching this is true.  But not every child will cut, or withdraw each child handles life different.  The key is to communicate with your children and be part of their lives.  Trust by strangers must be earned.  Shame on the Mothers for the blind site to allow this under their very roofs. I would hope to think I would not be so blind to allow four years to pass before noting that I had a huge problem.As for Richard,  He has ruined his life and damaged and destroyed in his wake.  My sympathy’s go out to his family.  For them it is like losing a loved one.  If anyone of you readers have ever had disappointment or major losses in your lives you would understand that.  Richard failed his family!  The Justice system is completely out of control.  They let truly sick people out that really need help.  They do not do the right things to protect the public.  They lie and they withhold information from being heard.  They do not address things timely!  In my community there is a woman that had a child.  Then later got divorced, but the ex trying to punish her each time she would met a new friend.  The ex would simple tell the child that if she will say he touched her he would buy her (stuff).  The Woman is still single and still alone.  Not one man is willing to take a risk that a relationship will get him a life time label of Child Molester and I do not blame them.  Molestation has become a witch hunt.  Yes these people are out there!  Yes they need help, put away, and if possible castrated!  But our current system is completely wrong!!!  Name and Money still buys you what you want.  People sue for every tiny little thing and keep the system all screwed up for the truly serious matters.  This part is all our faults for not getting more involved in what is going on in our local enforcements.  Making our voices be heard!  So if this story truly bothers you, then do something about it.  Push for the changes in your community and make your voices be heard at a level where it makes a difference.  COMMON SENSE appears to have left the building!!!!Having known the entire family a long time ago before it all started.  You cannot hold his parents accountable for his actions.  The rental house issue was not his Mom's business and there is another Richard Herringa.  This people have committed no crime and should not be punished for someone else’s actions.(even if it was their son, brother, etc)  I am not a relative either.  (Just stop and think about it before you put judgment)

As a Mom I can tell you if I allow someone in my house you can bet I have done my homework on who they are.  We as people have to watch out for our own children and look into who, what , where and why.  Not every child is going to communicate touching this is true.  But not every child will cut, or withdraw each child handles life different.  The key is to communicate with your children and be part of their lives.  Trust by strangers must be earned.  Shame on the Mothers for the blind site to allow this under their very roofs. I would hope to think I would not be so blind to allow four years to pass before noting that I had a huge problem.

As for Richard,  He has ruined his life and damaged and destroyed in his wake.  My sympathy’s go out to his family.  For them it is like losing a loved one.  If anyone of you readers have ever had disappointment or major losses in your lives you would understand that.  Richard failed his family! 

The Justice system is completely out of control.  They let truly sick people out that really need help.  They do not do the right things to protect the public.  They lie and they withhold information from being heard.  They do not address things timely!  In my community there is a woman that had a child.  Then later got divorced, but the ex trying to punish her each time she would met a new friend.  The ex would simple tell the child that if she will say he touched her he would buy her (stuff).  The Woman is still single and still alone.  Not one man is willing to take a risk that a relationship will get him a life time label of Child Molester and I do not blame them. 

Molestation has become a witch hunt.  Yes these people are out there!  Yes they need help, put away, and if possible castrated!  But our current system is completely wrong!!!  Name and Money still buys you what you want.  People sue for every tiny little thing and keep the system all screwed up for the truly serious matters.  This part is all our faults for not getting more involved in what is going on in our local enforcements.  Making our voices be heard!  So if this story truly bothers you, then do something about it.  Push for the changes in your community and make your voices be heard at a level where it makes a difference.  COMMON SENSE appears to have left the building!!!!

Rose A. Rife
Rose A. Rife

 He is Guilty and served 12 years prior and his mother enabled him to do so Eleanor never told any of her renters in Kalamazoo,Mi what her son was convicted of and or for that alone is another crime aiding and abbedding!

disqusdik
disqusdik

I don't know if he's guilty or not but he sure looks like a creepy child molester.

No fan of Rick-he's guilty
No fan of Rick-he's guilty

By the way, Guest 123 is either mother, wife  or friend of Rick-they were the only people who did not "hear" all the testimony if they were speaking on behalf of him as a witness. No wonder you don't understand the severity-or the previous convictions/offenses-or the pending one. Shame shame. I did attend, and I did listen-and I'll tell you I sat alone in that gallery for most of the trial. I sure didn't see any "fathers" in there with me. So, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. I'm hoping you go back and read the transcripts. Then maybe your eyes will be opened.

PrudenceShagwell
PrudenceShagwell

Be glad that you only had 3 years with him- let's hope your life with him during his 2nd rape never happens. That's when you are torn to shreds and your very life turns zombie -

Jack
Jack

This shit-stain must die.

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2569025360

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guest
guest

I thought for certain Guest123 was "poor, innocent Richard's" mother.  Wake up and smell the coffee, mother of Richard.  Being able to do construction does not equate to an innocent son.

Guest1
Guest1

It wouldnt of suprised me either if that was the case and it was his mother. I know the victim and the mother very well, thats all I'm going to say and for anyone to honestly think he is innocent is horribly missinformed because he is 100% guilty. No real evidence? There's hardley anything to say in response to that, I'm too shocked that statement would actually be used in this instance. I am not glad to say that these horrible events actually did take place trust me I wish you were right that it didn't happen, but it did and he deserves life in prison and more.Ya...you are right the justice system is a joke...a joke that he was able to have a bond and no ankle bracelet during the trial. Authorities were warned he would take off but no one listened, at least justice will finally be served. I'm glad he is finally caught and we have one less person like this on the streets.

Guest123
Guest123

Actually I am a father. A father of four. You were not in the court room to witness the lack of evidence. You being a female however offer a typical response.

Phoenix
Phoenix

You can't discount a witnesses' testimony as "no real evidence" just because they may not have forensic evidence to back up there statements. Eyewitness accounts and victim's statements ARE REAL EVIDENCE.

There are ways of interviewing witnesses to determine the veracity of their statements. You act like the justice system just blindly believes anyone who comes in with a story, without attempting to verify the credibility of the accuser and his/her account.

In this case, the police, the DA, and a jury all found the girl's statements to be credible REAL evidence, and he was convicted. If she had been lying at her mother's behest to get "revenge" any defense attorney with half a brain should've been able to dismantle her story.

Behavioral evidence is also REAL EVIDENCE. Behavior tends to fit patterns. If she was molested, there are behavior patterns that she would likely have exhibited long before speaking out, which some people in her life would have noticed. A good defense attorney would have interviewed people who knew her over the time period in question, when the molestation was alleged to have occurred, looking for evidence of troubled behaviors such as cutting, eating disorders, and withdrawing from friends and activities. A lack of any such patterns in her past behavior would lend support to the defense.

Conversely, the presence of troubled behavior patterns in her past, especially patterns that correlate with the period of "alleged" molestation, would undermine the defense and make her story more credible. His behavior patterns could also be examined to support or undermine the reliability of her story, even without factoring in his earlier convictions.

Clearly, the court found her credible.

He had priors for child molestation before he ever met this girl and her mother. You guys who blindly defend convicted perverts and predators FAIL TO THINK. You're the ones who don't care about real evidence.  

 

Guest
Guest

this guy was already convicted of a previous child-molesting offense. So how did the mother swing that? Did she somehow orchestrate convictions before he met her and her daughter? You are just a typical bitter ex-husband who hates his ex-wife and somehow extends that hatred to all women. I've seen it many a time. So you have to go to bat for every (in your eyes, wronged) man on the planet, regardless of the evidence. Most likely your ex had good reasons for ditching you.

Cheap & Easy
Cheap & Easy

Yay!  Way to go on resorting to a sophomoric, sub-moronic cheap shot on the character of a person you've never met, based solely on the facts that this person is a female and that you don't agree with her opinion.  Does your wife (or babies' daddy) know you said that?  I'm guessing that you're a divorced convicted felon.  Am I right?  

Laura
Laura

Amazing all the folks defending this piece of shit with a significant history of child molestation. Incredible. Obviously none of you are fathers.

Guest123
Guest123

It is amazing how easy it is for a male to get accused and then convicted of sexually based crimes with no real evidence. This is a major flaw in our justice system. Men have rights as well. Innocent until proven guilty. In this case there was absolutely no real evidence besides a voice, a girl of a mother who cant seem to let her ex husband go. Rick and many men suffer because of allegation based on spite.

Papahanlan
Papahanlan

I agree 100 % Had it happen to Me!!! The system is F***** up.Accused- Guilty That's the system.

Guest123
Guest123

A lot of people don't realize the true story about Richard. Our Justice system is complete joke when it comes to looking at the facts. FACT: a little after a domestic dispute with his ex wife and after leaving her for another woman, all of a sudden his ex wife's daughter wants to come out with all of these allegations..hmm sounds like a typical woman who wants to get back at her ex and didn't realize exactly how far it would go.

guest1
guest1

Guest123 see above post^

Laura
Laura

A Kalamazoo man who spent 12-years in prison for molesting two young girls here, was about to be sentenced for 17 sexual assault counts in Colorado earlier this year when he jumped bail and became the target of a national manhunt, and was even featured on America’s Most Wanted.Over the weekend he was busted in Detroit.  Richard Heeringa, 50, was on the U.S. Marshal’s most wanted list.A press conference is scheduled in Denver to talk about the case, which went high profile there when the mother of his young victim came forward to talk about how Heeringa groomed her 12-year-old daughter, and then molested her. She wanted to warn others it could happen to them.

punkin003
punkin003

There is a special place is hell for this sorry SOB; but hell is probably still too good for him.

Steve
Steve

wow, nice touch with the creepy dead eyes there...another one for the firepile. 

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