U.S. Marshals searching for fugitive who may be preying on local women online

U.S. Marshals searching for fugitive who may be preying on local women online

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The U.S. Marshals are issuing a warning about a dangerous fugitive who may be preying on local woman through online dating sites.

Shannon Alexander is wanted on multiple charges out of Albany, New York, including the rape of a minor, but now may be in this area.

He has been on the run from law enforcement since April.

"He's a known blood gang member out of New York, and we know that after the charges came out of violation of parole, he fled to Richmond," said Brian Stalnaker of the USMS Fugitive Task Force

Alexander is a career criminal with a violent past.

"He has about a 14 page rap sheet, a lot of drug charges, he does have a manslaughter conviction," Stalnaker said.

Investigators say Alexander is known to troll internet dating sites and may now be targeting local women.

"He meets a lot of his women online, and as we all know, the online dating scene can be very dangerous, a lot of lies can be told online," said Stalnaker.

Any ladies looking for love online beware: Alexander may also go by the alias Eric Wright.

"Mr. Alexander's a predator, he preys on women online, he's very dangerous, he's already raped one girl so we need to get him off the streets," Stalnaker said.

Alexander may be staying in a motel along Jefferson Davis Highway or Hull Street on Richmond's southside.

"Some tips that we have received feel like he still may be dealing drugs just to get enough money to survive, purchase these hotel rooms that he's staying in," said Stalnaker.

Investigators believe he has friends in the area that may be helping him stay on the run.

"Take a look at the charges and maybe you'll think twice and want to turn him in because rape of a minor is a serious offense," Stalnaker said. "He's done hard time in the penitentiary, he violated his parole, he's raped a young girl so definitely someone you'd want to look out for and steer clear of."

If you have any information on Shannon Alexander, you can call the U.S. Marshals' 24-hour tip line at 1-877-926-8332 or 1-877-WANTED-2.

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