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Fugitive finally caught while donating blood

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

One mug shot wasn't featured for Fugitive Friday, thanks to efforts by U.S. Marshals in Richmond. That fugitive, on the run, is now in a Richmond City Jail cell after getting arrested while donating blood. Allen Turner, a rape convict, was nabbed by investigators Friday morning at PlasmaCare Richmond. Donors can get paid at the facility for giving blood plasma, according to officials.

Turner, 50, evaded authorities for more than a year, according to Kevin Connolly, supervisor of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Richmond.

Turner is a convicted rapist, who spent eight years in jail. He was released on probation, but disappeared more than a year ago.

"He basically fell off the map," said Connolly.

Connolly reports that Turner didn't register as a sex offender, gave Virginia State Police false information, and skipped out on his probation officer. The task force took over the investigation into locating Turner earlier this month.

"Our mission is basically to go after the worst of the worst fugitives in the region," continued Connolly.

Quickly, leads brought investigators to PlasmaCare on South Third Street. Detectives say Turner frequently gave blood for extra bucks.

Friday morning, investigators surrounded the building, positioning themselves in neighboring parking lots. They watched closely, surveying people entering and exiting the facility. Eventually detectives spotted Turner walk through the door. The task force moved in.

"Made our way through the folks who were actively donating blood, and observed (Turner) right away, sitting in one of the chairs with an IV in his arm," described Connolly. "I walked up to him and said, 'Hey, you know what time it is.' He said, 'Yeah, I know.'"

When Turner was made to hand over his cell phone on the spot, Connolly says his last text message read, "They got me."

Turner finished giving blood before he was taken into custody, because investigators say it's unsafe for donors to be abruptly pulled from the process.

Turner now faces a list of potential charges. Turner is listed as a wanted sex offender on the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry website.

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