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Created: 04/18/2012 8:35 PM | Print |  Email
By: Mark Albert

Sex Offender Profiled in KSTP Investigation Caught

nullA sex offender profiled in a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation and later named as one of Hennepin County's most sought-after missing predators has been caught in Nevada.

Lamont Bugg, 61, was arrested by Las Vegas police and turned over to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. Bugg was booked into the jail in Minneapolis and has a court appearance scheduled for Thursday.

Bugg is accused of failing to register as a predator offender in Minneapolis and Eden Prairie, according to jail records. In addition, the FBI has placed a hold on him, indicating it may have a current investigation into Bugg as well.

A message left with the FBI office in Minneapolis was not immediately returned.

Bugg, a convicted rapist from Illinois, pleaded guilty to raping a 17 year-old in downtown Minneapolis in July 1996. After he was released from prison, he listed his address as a homeless shelter and then disappeared.

He had not been seen since February 2010 and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Bugg's story was included in an EMMY award-winning 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation, State Loophole Closed, Predators Still Missing, that aired in November 2010.

The following month, in December 2010, Bugg was included on a news release of sex offenders the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said it was seeking information about.

It is not known what led to Bugg's March 2nd capture in Nevada.