CAPTURED — February 5, 2018
Level III sex offender Irving Babe Lyle pleaded not guilty in Pierce County court on all charges. Bail was set at $200,000. He was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Felony Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving and Obstructing Police. Lyle was convicted of raping a woman at knife point in 1991 – grabbing her from behind on a street at night and dragging her into the bushes to sexually assault her. He has been convicted 5 times of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
An off-duty Department of Corrections officer was driving near 19th and Union in Tacoma on Saturday, Feb. 3rd when she spotted wanted high-risk sex offender Irving Babe Lyle and ordered him to stop. Lyle took off running through a parking lot and into some bushes. A Tacoma Police officer responded to the area and saw Lyle walk out of some bushes at a nearby bank. He was sweating, breathing heavily nd had a branch stuck between his arm and backpack.
Lyle said his name was “Buttersworth” and tried to push past the officer. Lyle further resisted arrested before being taken into custody and booked on his warrants.
Not a WMW capture but awesome arrest!! Thank you to both the DOC officer and the Tacoma PD officer who nabbed him!
Lyle was booked into the Pierce County jail where he is being held on a DOC warrant for Escape from Community Custody, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender for the third time as well Felony Eluding, Reckless Driving and Obstructing Police.
WANTED BY TACOMA POLICE and PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT —
Irving Babe Lyle is a convicted high-risk rapist who’s untreated and wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in Pierce County.
He’s also wanted in Tacoma for running from police, running a red light at a busy intersection and smashing into a car and nearly a motorcycle, because detectives say when Lyle is spotted and runs like he did from a hotel parking lot last year — he does not care who’s in his path of destruction.
“Not only is he wanted for failing to register as a sex offender, but for felony eluding and many other crimes, so this is somebody who’s very well-versed in the criminal justice system that’s not going to go easy, so we don’t want anybody trying to contact him. Give us a call and let us do our job, but we need to know where he’s at, because he could be somewhere where there are potential other victims in the future that they don’t know his past background,” said Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer.
Lyle was convicted of raping a woman at knife point in 1991 – grabbing her from behind on a street at night and dragging her into the bushes to sexually assault her.
He’s a Level 3 sex offender – the worst of the worst and at the highest risk to re-offend — whose gone off the grid several times since his rape conviction.
He’s 67 years old, 5’8” and weighs 180 pounds.
He’s known to use a ton of fake names, including:
- “Larry Wall”
- “Tony Ford”
- “Michael Bradley”
- “Paul Adder”
If you know where he’s hiding, use the P3 Tips App to submit your information to Crime Stoppers, or call the hotline at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).
It’s anonymous and you’ll get a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your information leads to his arrest.