2 High Profile Sex Offender Fugitives Captured After Being Recognized on Fugitive Watch

On 1/20/15 at about 6:00pm Pierce County, Washington Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call from a citizen reporting that she recognized Steven Dwight Morrow on the Fugitive Watch web site and Facebook page as a person she and her husband had met at their church 2 years ago.

She said, that 2 years ago they took in Morrow and a second man, later identified as Shawnee Paul Smith, because they were homeless and gave them a room to stay in exchange for minor tasks around the home.

Last night a relative (Fan of Fugitive Watch) called her and said she just recognized Morrow on Fugitive Watch and to leave the house and call the sheriff’s office. The citizen went to her relative’s and confirmed that it was Morrow.

She said, when Pierce County sheriff’s deputies approached the house both Morrow and Smith fled on foot causing a major search. She said Smith later returned to the scene and surrendered and Morrow was located hiding a short distance away and arrested.

Deputies then determined Smith was also a fugitive and on the Bonner County, Idaho Sheriff’s Office “Most Wanted” web site and the Fugitive Watch web site.

Both Morrow and Smith are in custody awaiting extradition to Texas and Idaho.

According to the Killeen Daily Herald, an arrest warrant was issued for a convicted child rapist in 2010 after the Harker Heights man did not show up for his sentencing hearing. Steven Dwight Morrow, 36, was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault after he pleaded no contest to the sexual assault charge.

Family members of the victim, an 11-year-old boy at the time of the 2007 incident, were at the courthouse Tuesday to testify against Morrow during a sentencing hearing. The entire story can be read on the Killeen Daily Herald.

This is another vivid example of Fugitive Watch’s ability to bring together law enforcement, social media and the public into an effective crime fighting tool.

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