Update: This offender was caught and arrested on Nov. 20, 2013.
The earlier story:
The Mason County Sheriff's Office has issued a general notification regarding level 3 sex offender, Abraham Eugene Bates. Bates, 28, recently absconded from is registration requirements, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued. His whereabouts are unknown.
According to the notification:
Abraham Bates is required to register as a sex offender for a guilty plea on Sept. 14, 2010 in Kitsap Superior Court, to 3rd degree attempted rape, 1st degree criminal trespass with sexual motivation, and possession of methamphetamine. The conviction stems from Bates, at 25, victimizing two different women, ages 25 and 50.
According to court documents, Bates contacted the 50-year-old woman in an apartment complex laundry area, began removing his clothing, informed the woman he was going to rape her and proceeded to grab her. She was able to escape.
Later, Bates entered a neighbor’s apartment, contacted a 25-year-old woman inside, began removing his clothing, informed the woman he was going to rape her, and began to approach her.
The woman was able to force Bates out of her apartment, but he was later able to get back inside.
Police arrived before he was able to carry out his threats. According to both women, Bates appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Abraham Eugene Bates is described as a white male, 6 feet and 165 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.
Bates is considered high risk. If you have information regarding current activity of this or any other offender, you are urged to call 911. For other sex offender information, visit http://so.co.mason.wa.us, and click on "Offender Watch."