June 24 – EAU CLAIRE – A sex offender released from prison for just two weeks tampered with his GPS tracking bracelet and fled his Durand residence, authorities said.
The man was apprehended several hours later at a motel in Eau Claire, authorities said.
According to the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office, Allen D. Owens, 53, was released from jail on June 7 and was living on Highway V in Durand.
Owens was convicted of one count of repeat sexual assault of the same child in 2013 in Pepin County.
In 1990, Owens was convicted in Missouri of sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.
Owens is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and is under the active supervision of the state Department of Corrections.
When Owens was released from prison, he had to wear a GPS location tracking device so his whereabouts would be known.
The Department of Corrections issued a warrant for Owens’ arrest on Thursday after receiving an alert suggesting Owens had tampered with his GPS ankle bracelet monitor. Owens had not been located since state officials received the alert.
Pepin County Sheriff Joel Wener said his office received information that Owens may have been trying to conceal his identity by dyeing his hair and goatee brown.
Owens’ mode and direction of travel, or the clothes he was wearing, were not known.
On Thursday evening, Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Lt. Dustin Walters said his deputies developed information that Owens may have checked into the Days Inn, 6319 Truax Lane, in the town of Union.
Deputies monitored the motel and arrested Owens at 10:45 p.m. Thursday.
Owens was medically cleared at a hospital in Eau Claire before being taken to the Eau Claire County Jail.