Crime Stoppers looking for Michigan fugitive

Pinellas County, Florida -- Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County is asking for the public's help in locating a fugitive from Michigan.

According to U.S. Marshals, Vincent Lee Purtha is a convicted sex offender who is wanted by authorities in Michigan for a Sexual Assault charge against a minor, parole violation, and failure to register as a sex offender. Purtha has a lengthy, violent criminal history and has been a fugitive since December of 2011.

Prior to fleeing Michigan, he was working as a tattoo and sketch artist, and he had experience in the construction field.

Purtha is a 48-year-old white male, with blue eyes and brown hair. He stands 5'7" tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. He is known to have tattoos on the upper part of both arms, his back and right calf.

If you have information on his whereabouts, you can contact Deputy U.S. Marshal Joe Guzman at (616) 732-2739.

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477). Report anonymously online at, text "TIP144 plus your tip" to 274637(CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new "TipSubmit Mobile" application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. (Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg & Data Rates May Apply.)

If your anonymous tip leads to his arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


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