For most of the country’s residents, the 2017 solar eclipse on Monday was an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime moment.
But for one Iowa man, that moment led to time behind bars.
According to The Gazette, 26-year-old Ladarius M. Blue has been wanted since early June by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation for failing to register as a sex offender. In 2010, Blue was convicted of engaging in “lascivious acts” with a child under 13.
He was placed on the “Operation Most Wanted” list by the U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force after authorities lost track of his whereabouts, according to the Daily Mail.Linn County Sheriff’s Office
This month, police were able to locate Blue in Cedar Rapids and set up surveillance near his home — then they waited for Blue to show himself.
And it didn’t take long.
Like millions of other people around the country, Blue wanted to catch a glimpse of the recent solar eclipse. Little did he know that the authorities were ready and waiting.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that they captured Blue when he went outside to peek at the natural phenomenon.
Police said they were able to “positively identify Blue as he exited a residence in what appeared to be an attempt to observe the solar eclipse.”Marc Weinberg/Facebook
When they made a move to capture the sex offender, he started a “foot chase” through Cedar Rapids, according to KCRG.
He briefly managed to evade police by hiding in a stranger’s backyard waste container, but he didn’t escape for long. A “concerned citizen” soon contacted the authorities after they saw Blue climb inside the container.
Police were eventually able to capture the fleeing sex offender and transport him to the Linn County Jail, reported KCRG. He is now being brought up on additional charges.
It’s unlikely the convicted sex offender is going to be enjoying any more of nature’s beauty now that he’s behind bars.