LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A man wanted by Lufkin Police for not complying with sex offender registration requirements has notified authorities he has moved to Houston, according to police.
Det. J.B. Smith said Mark Wayne Hall, 33, will be charged with failure to comply with registration requirements because he did not let Lufkin authorities know of his intentions seven days before he moved.
Smith said Hall did legally register in Houston as a sex offender on June 23.
Lufkin Police obtained a warrant for Hall on Wednesday, and officials in Connecticut let them know of a man with the same first, middle and last name, same birth date and similar looks, who was also a sex offender, was living in the state.
Smith said the Angelina County District Attorney's Office chose to withdraw the warrant, as they thought pursuing charges against someone in another state was not worth the time.
However, Smith said police learned the Hall in Connecticut was not the right person after the right person contacted them from Houston. Smith said the D.A.'s office then chose to pursue a charge against him, which is a state jail felony.
Smith said police will give Hall a chance to turn himself in.