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Photos: Eric Hartwell, missing child rapist, recaptured in Virginia

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos, video below.
Update: Earlier this week, we told you about the nationwide search for convicted child rapist Eric Hartwell, who'd escaped from a Denver-area facility after cutting off his ankle monitor.

Earlier today, however, Hartwell was captured -- but not before he put a lot of distance between himself and Colorado. He was taken into custody at a motel in Norfolk, Virginia -- and at first, he wasn't exactly cooperative. Get details in a release from the U.S. Marshals Office, followed by our previous coverage.

U.S. Marshals release:

U.S. Marshals Capture Wanted Sex Offender Eric HARTWELL in Norfolk, VA

DENVER -- Today, just after 0900 hours Mountain Time, The U.S. Marshals Service located and apprehended wanted sex offender Eric HARTWELL at a motel on Military Hwy. in Norfolk, VA. HARTWELL was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service Colorado Violent Offender Task Force for Violation of Federal Supervised Release and by the Colorado Department of Corrections for Parole Violation.

"We have been relentlessly pursuing HARTWELL, day and night, as he fled across the country," said Chief Deputy Kenneth Deal. "When a dangerous predator is on the loose we don't stop. Public safety is always our main concern."

HARTWELL absconded from a half-way house in Denver and a federal warrant was issued for his arrest on February 23, 2014. Since the warrant was issued, COVOTF investigators aggressively developed and pursued all leads.

When Deputy Marshals learned that HARTWELL had arrived in Virginia, the U.S. Marshals Service in Norfolk, VA, and members of the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Fugitive Task Force quickly developed additional intelligence which indicated HARTWELL was at a motel on Military Highway. Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers then moved in to attempt to capture HARTWELL. When HARTWELL refused to open the door, it was broken down and HARTWELL was taken into custody without further incident.

The Colorado Violent Offender Task Force is led by the United States Marshals Service and is comprised of officers from several different state and local agencies including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Weld County Sheriff's Office.
Here's our previous coverage about Hartwell.

Original post, 9:50 a.m. February 24: Eric Eugene Hartwell, 51, isn't just any unregistered sex offender.

First, there's the matter of his crimes. He's been convicted of raping a child, age six, and trying to do the same to a pregnant teenager.

He's also shown a lifelong antipathy for letting cops know his location. He's twice cut off ankle monitors for tracking his whereabouts -- most recently a few days ago. And now, tracking him down has become a priority for federal and state law enforcers alike.

Hartwell's page on the Colorado Sex Offenders Registry lists him as a multiple lawbreaker with a history of failing to register, and Colorado is not the only state involved.

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An early Hartwell booking photo, as seen on Mugshots.com.
His first listed conviction, in 1991, pertains to sexual assault on a child; a 2009 Seattle Times article describes the victim as the six-year-old daughter of his neighbor.

The six-and-a-half-year sentence Hartwell received for this startling incident was reportedly suspended in lieu of him completing a sex-offender treatment program. But the latter didn't take. Also mentioned on the Colorado registry is a 1996 beef for "attempted indecent liberties" -- a legal euphemism for trying to sexually assault a pregnant seventeen year old he picked up hitchhiking.

This time, Hartwell was given four years behind bars -- and upon his release in 2000, the Times notes, he "racked up a series of parole violations and convictions for failing to register as a sex offender." For instance, he went to jail in Washington for a month in 2007 on one such violation, then headed south, over state lines. Later that year, he was nabbed in California.

After being returned to Washington, Hartwell was put back in the hoosgow, this time for 26 months. But no lessons were learned: Upon his March 2009 release, according to a Justice Department press release, he cut off his ankle monitor and raced to Texas.

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Another Hartwell mug shot.
The U.S. Marshals Service subsequently tracked Hartwell to the Texas town of Carrolton, but when they attempted to apprehend him on the job, he didn't go quietly. The release states that marshals "threatened to tase him, at which point Hartwell lay on the ground. When they tried to handcuff him, Hartwell lunged at one of the deputies. Later, at the federal building in Dallas, he tied to slip out of his restraints, and on his way to be booked, he threatened to assault one of the task force officers."

More time in jail followed -- but this past December 20, Hartwell was paroled. The registry records his address as 2765 South Federal Boulevard -- a building used to house transitioning sex offenders. It's featured in the interactive graphic below; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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But Hartwell didn't stay there long.

Continue for more about at-large sex offender Eric Hartwell, including more photos and a video.


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39 comments
leahpdexter
leahpdexter

Someone should have killed him already.

dramachicbp
dramachicbp

I bet all the money that I own he is going to go back on parole again and do all the bs crap again what happened to the three tries and then your in prison for life

Catherine Mozingo
Catherine Mozingo

I think it's time to call it a day..he cannot follow basic laws, is a repeat offender, cannot follow rules, and has been given multiple opportunities to get it together. It's time to put the ferrel animal in a cage.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If he is so "dangerous and violent", then why was he in a half-way house?


Lying cops can't have it both ways.

lorenestes1011
lorenestes1011

It's reassuring to know that the court system, specifically the judges involved in his proceedings, are so concerned with protecting our children.

Kelli Bruenger
Kelli Bruenger

Disgusting pig needs to be locked up for good! What is wrong with a system that he could rape a child and not serve time in jail?

Sarah Maltrud
Sarah Maltrud

Well, I just learned I live right by this transitional home for sex offenders. Lovely. On another note, our judicial system is so fucked up.

Just Ben Travis
Just Ben Travis

Meanwhile thousands of African Americans and Hispanics rot in prison for minor drug offenses.. Yay America!

Melissa Ann
Melissa Ann

Why they are even allowed to see the light of day is beyond me.

Lisha Jane
Lisha Jane

Current picture shown on The Deranged World Of Serial Killers

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

The fact that a sick criminal like this is walking around free says a lot about how poorly this nation is being run.  Following that first incident he should have been imprisoned for life.  Hopefully he'll meet some vigilante justice out in the real world, that is the only way he will get any justice at all.

Lerl
Lerl

In what magical world do you live where the system actually works and cops do what they're supposed to do? Do tell.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kelli Bruenger <== ignorant ignoramus too stupid to read the story.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@maxonepercent  ... what actual crime has he committed since the 90's ... other than failing to "register" ?



lorenestes1011
lorenestes1011

@DonkeyHotay @maxonepercentwell, we don't actually know what crimes he has committed.  we only know the ones he has been caught committing, which, as you have correctly identified, are technical violations of parole and probation.  but because he was caught twice in the 90's for sexual deviancy involving children, and then spent the next 15 years or so hiding from the police, it is likely he has been doing things such as perusing and distributing child pornography, kidnapping children from parks and front yards, and having sex with children.  but you're right, we should give him the benefit of the doubt.

lorenestes1011
lorenestes1011

@DonkeyHotay I don't recall suggesting that he be 'preemptively incarcerated'.  Where did those words come from?  Not my mouth.  I would actually prefer to see some vigilantism.  Apparently the legal system is not helping when it comes to this man.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@lorenestes1011 "we don't actually know what crimes he has committed.  we only know the ones he has been caught committing,"


Same for you, Loren. How many uncaught crimes have you committed? How many should society preemptively incarcerate you for?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@MercyMe @fishingblues @DonkeyHotay  

Wow, now we hear from the jesus freaks.  MM, I'm curios why you think we would care what a twit who prays to an extension of his/her/it's security blanket thinks.


Dokey boy, you have jesus freaks sticking up for you.  You must be so proud.  


Hey MM, do you know who the two biggest hypocrites in the universe are?  That would be  jesus freaks and  loony liberals.  Do you know that you both represent the extremes?  

MercyMe
MercyMe

@fishingblues @DonkeyHotay tsk tsk .. unregenerate sinners lusting to stone other sinners. Ever steal anything? Ever tell a lie? Ever lust after another woman not your wife? Now don't make me call you a liar you rotten hypocrite. You deserve death according to God's justice. Once a liar, always a liar right? Once a hypocrite always a hypocrite right? I think what Don Quixote is objecting to is the mob mentality of the media and hypocrites such as yourself.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues  You are the only person (dare I say person?) that sees  porn in that avatar - you twisted, perverted twink. 

It is about time for someone to put you out of your misery - sicko.   

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