Sex offender on the run for weeks was arrested 1,600 miles away

Jonah Hawkins was nowhere near Minnesota when he was final found.

A 26-year-old convicted sex offender who'd been on the run from Minnesota authorities for more than a month is now back in custody.

Jonah James Hawkins, who is from Halstad, Minnesota, was arrested Friday in Starr County, Texas, a spokesperson for the MInnesota Department of Corrections told GoMN. That's 1,600 miles straight south, and right up against the Mexico border.

Hawkins was caught by the U.S. Marshals Service. The spokesperson said for security reasons, they can't reveal when he'll be brought back to Minnesota.

When he fled supervision

Hawkins had been on intensive supervised release since getting out of prison in April 2015. But on June 27 of this year he fled supervision. A month later, the state's Department of Corrections asked for the public's hep finding him

Hawkins has been convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a juvenile female, with the Crookston Times reporting in 2015 he had a history of sexual contact with a 3-year-old girl.

He's listed as a Level 3 predatory offender, which means he's considered the most likely to reoffend. 

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