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A man was arrested Thursday evening after he failed to register as a sex offender and instead fled on bike —from New Hampshire to Florida — authorities said.
Edgar Gordon, 49, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Oak Hill, Florida on an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Manchester Police Department for failing to register as a sex offender after a 39 day bike ride to Florida, police said.
Gordon told police he left New Hampshire in May 2014 and stayed in the woods and various shelters until ending up at REANNA Ministries, where he was arrested.
He is required to register as a sex offender due to a 1994 conviction in Maine for Gross Sexual Assault on a victim under 18.
Under New Hampshire law, he is considered a Tier III sex offender — the highest level and deemed most likely to re-offend — and required to register for life.
Gordon was also wanted by New Hampshire State Probation and Parole for a parole violation, the Dunbarton Police Department for burglary and felony reckless conduct, and by the Merrimack County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear for burglary.
"This is a great example of how the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Forces coordinate nationwide to locate sex offenders who no longer wish to comply with state sex offender registries," U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr. said in a statement. "The cooperative effort of these fugitive task forces made up of Federal, State and Local partners allows the agency to locate sex offenders and fugitives who may be otherwise unnoticed in their communities throughout the United States."
Gordon is currently being held by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office on pending charges for failing to register as a sex offender in Florida, Deputy U.S. Marshal Jamie Berry said.
Once cleared of any local charges, Gordon will be held as a fugitive from justice and will be extradited back to New Hampshire, officials said.