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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.

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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