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Solar eclipse helps marshals catch ‘most wanted’ sex offender

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A wanted sex offender surfaced Monday in Iowa and officers may have the solar eclipse to thank, according to a media release from the U.S. Marshals.

Marshals arrested 26-year-old Ladarius Martez Blue outside of a Cedar Rapids residence as part of the U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force’s “Operation Most Wanted.”

Authorities had been looking for Blue since he failed to register as a sex offender and disappeared in early June, according to The Gazette.

Officers set up surveillance and spotted Blue coming out of the home “in what appeared to be an attempt to observe the solar eclipse,” according to the release.

Blue initially took off running, but, thanks to a tip from “a concerned citizen,” authorities found him hiding in a yard waste container, according to the paper.

In 2010, Blue was convicted for a lascivious act with a minor, and, a year later, pleaded guilty for failing to register as a sex offender, according to KCRG.

He was taken to Linn County Correctional Center. Additional charges are pending.