After more than two weeks of pursuit, law enforcement captured a Level 3 sex offender who was wanted in Dakota County on charges that he raped and impregnated a preteen girl with diminished mental capacity.
Christopher Donald Lee Blair, 35, was arrested Sunday at a motel in Minneapolis, South St. Paul Police Chief William Messerich said Monday.
The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minneapolis Police Department captured Blair at the Aqua City Motel on Lyndale Avenue S., just north of the Crosstown freeway.
Blair was charged last month with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with allegations that in September he raped and impregnated a South St. Paul girl who is now 12 years old, has special needs and struggles with decisionmaking abilities. The girl’s mother told police that the defendant was known to her family.
Blair was released from prison in April 2015 and was registered as a Level 3 offender living in South St. Paul near Bryant Avenue and Concord Street N. Level 3 offenders are considered the most likely to reoffend.
Blair has had a history of kidnapping women he does not know after approaching them in public places, according to state corrections officials. He has used a weapon to gain compliance.