Russell Tabor

UPDATE: Tabor was caught after the print edition went to press. 

PRINCETON — A previously convicted sex offender who had been on the lam for failing to update his registry status was arrested in Bluewell, West Virginia State Police officials said Thursday morning.

Russell Andrew Tabor, 33, of Brushfork, was convicted in 2003 of kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault, Cpl. James Long, with the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police, said.

After serving 16 years in prison, Tabor was released with a stipulation of registering as a sex offender. After an initial interview with the State Police in June, he then went into hiding.

Tabor was arrested Wednesday evening in Bluewell by Deputy Willie Rose, with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Long said.

Tabor is facing charges related to failure to register as a sex offender as well as opening a Facebook account with an online name. He is also wanted for probation violations.

Tabor’s victim in his sexual assault conviction was an adult woman.

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