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CRIME STOPPERS: Convicted rapist believed hiding in Tacoma

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A convicted rapist wanted in King County is believed to be hiding in the Tacoma area. He is 37-year-old Jacob Clifford Butts, also known as “Jake Butts” and “Jeremy Gary Evans” and is a Level 3 sex offender. Level 3 means he has a high likelihood of re-offending. A warrant has now been issued for his arrest after he didn't show up in court where he’s been charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He also has a Department of Corrections warrant.

Butts was convicted when he was 24 years old for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at knife point that he met at a bus stop. Court documents show he took her to a secluded area and told her to “do it right” or she would “end up in a ditch.” He was caught after he stole her cell phone and used it to call his grandmother. When questioned about the assault, he told detectives he was high on meth at the time.

Butts was released from prison in 2009. Since then, he has been convicted of illegal drug possession in 2012 and 2014 as well as having weapons.

“We received a tip that he was hiding out in a house in Tacoma. Detectives went to the scene, but unfortunately he fled out the back. He knows he's wanted. He's actually been emailing detectives to let them know he knows he's wanted. He needs to turn himself in or somebody needs to tell us where he's at,” said King County Sgt. Cindi West.

Butts is 5’08” 190 lbs. He has a tattoo on his right wrist of tribal art and you can see the ink on his neck. If you spot him, call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477). All calls are anonymous and there is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest.

This is one of the cases featured this weekend on Washington’s Most Wanted Friday night at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. on JOEtv and 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX.

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