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One of state’s most-wanted sex offenders arrested at Tremont Street bar

One of Massachusetts’ most wanted high-risk sex offenders was apprehended Tuesday at a bar on Tremont Street in Boston, State Police said.

Umar Shabazz, 54, faces charges of failing to register as a Level 3 sex offender, refusing to provide a DNA database sample, and possession of a Class B narcotic with intent to distribute, State Police said in a statement. Shabazz was wanted on three arrest warrants.

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He served a prison sentence for rape, kidnapping, and armed robbery, but never complied with the law requiring that he register as a sex offender after his release, State Police said.

Information was recently gathered indicating that Shabazz was in the Boston area, leading State Police to set up surveillance.

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After nine hours of searching, Shabazz was found at about 6 p.m. Tuesday at Slade’s Bar & Grill.

Once arrested, Shabazz was taken to the State Police barracks in Millbury, where a DNA sample was obtained. He was then transported to the Worcester Police Department, where he was processed and held for arraignment.

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jasper_Craven.
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