Viewer tips lead deputies to wanted child rapist

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Deputies say wanted sex offender Ryan Tyas didn’t even look like the same person when they tracked him down after the convicted child rapist was featured on “Washington’s Most Wanted.” The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department says “Washington’s Most Wanted” viewer tips to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County directed deputies to some woods off 130th Street Northwest in the Gig Harbor area. They found the 42-year-old living in a tent and arrested him on May 24. 

“He had shaved his head and face, changed his appearance so he knew we were looking for him but the multiple calls led us to where he was and we were able to get him into custody,” said Pierce County Sheriff’s Det. Ed Troyer. 

Tyas had reportedly been traveling around Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana since January and had just recently returned to the Gig Harbor area. He was booked into the Pierce County jail on his warrant for failure to register as a Level II sex offender after he was convicted of two counts of child molestation in the first degree and one count of rape in the third degree. 

Tyas is “Washington’s Most Wanted” capture #992 thanks to tips from viewers. “Washington’s Most Wanted” airs every Friday at 11 p.m. on Q13 Fox and Saturday night at 9:30 on JOEtv and 10:30 on Q13 Fox. 

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