He’s being held on $150,000 bail.
West has been classified by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office as a High Priority Offender.
If convicted for his 5th Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, he could be sentenced to 43 months in prison.
“Our High Priority Offender program was specifically designed to take repeat offenders off the streets,” said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “This is an objective crime fighting tool based on the offender’s history and specific offense. To reduce crime by holding career criminals accountable.”
FUGITIVE CAPTURED April 15, 2018 —
Tacoma Police arrested Michael West early Sunday morning after patrol officers spotted him.
He was booked into the Pierce County jail for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County says anonymous tips from Washington’s Most Wanted viewers helped lead to West’s arrest.
He’s 43-years-old and known to go by the fake names Mike Chance, Chance West, and Eric Dion Jackson.
WMW viewers helped catch him in 2014.
If you can help find him again, use the P3 Tips App to submit your information to Crime Stoppers, or call the hot line at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).FUGITIVE CAPTURED April 8, 2014 —
WMW viewer tips helped the Tacoma Police Gang Unit track down Michael West on Tuesday night.
The tips led the gang unit to the vehicle West was in. They stopped the vehicle and arrested West. The gang unit says West told them he knew he was wanted.
WANTED BY PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT April 4, 2014 —
Convicted child rapist Michael West is a level three sex offender who is fresh out of prison and already missing in Pierce County.
West moved to Tacoma from Snohomish County where he was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl. Meeting her at a bus stop, inviting her to a creepy party being held inside an abandoned home, getting her extremely drunk, and then raping her.
One of West’s predator pals also tried sexually assaulting the girl, but she was able to fight him off and escape from the abandoned house.
This guy has been in prison multiple times and has always refused to take part in any sex offender treatment programs — one of the reason he’s considered a high-risk to re-offend.
“He was convicted of crimes against children, rape of a child, in Snohomish County,” said Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer. “We believe he could be living anywhere in Western Washington because he has ties up and down the western corridor, so this is somebody we want to know where he’s at and get him picked up on his warrants because he could be living next to a daycare, or school, or somewhere there’s children present.”
This is the fourth time he’s failed to register as a sex offender.
He’s also been busted for a bunch of other crimes including burglary and robbery.
Michael West is 39-years-old and known to go by the fake names Mike Chance, Chance West, and Eric Dion Jackson.
If you know how to get this high-risk child rapist on the run — back on the map in pierce county, call an anonymous tip into:
CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS
You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.
CLICK HERE for information on how to TEXT A TIP to Crime Stoppers