CAPTURED: WMW tips lead to child predator convicted of rape, trying to play 'doctor' with young girls -- living in woods


The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says Washington's Most Wanted viewer tips to Crime Stoppers led deputies to wanted sex offender, Ryan Tyas. He was found living in a tent in the woods off 130th St. NW in the Gig Harbor area on Thursday.   "After Washington's Most Wanted,  we got many tips on where he may be staying in the woods. Our deputies went out there and were able to go into the area and find him.  He had shaved his head and face, changed his appearance so he knew we were looking for him but the multiple calls led us to where he was and we were able to get him into custody," said Pierce County Sheriff's Det. Ed Troyer.

Tyas booked into the Pierce County Jail on his warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.

The sheriff's department says he had reportedly been traveling around Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana since January and had just recently returned to the Gig Harbor area.

He is WMW Capture #992.

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A predator alert in Pierce County: High-risk sex offender, Ryan Tyas, is a serious threat to kids:

He's been convicted of sexually assaulting five and seven year old girls he'd tricked into a room by saying they were going to watch videos, then locking the door, grabbing them and trying to get them to take their clothes off so they could play doctor. They said 'no' -- so Tyas threatened to get a gun if they didn't do what he wanted.

Tyas has also been convicted of of raping an 18 year old girl while she slept.

His heinous sex crimes all happened in Pierce County, where now he's wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.

"He needs to get in, get registered, or we need to find out where he's at. We do this because he needs to be held accountable and that way where he's at and if he's around children, or if he's around adults they know his background. He's been convicted multiple times. He knows that he's supposed to register and we are looking for him,” said Pierce County Sheriff’s Det. Ed Troyer.

He's 42 years old, 5'11" and weighs 230 pounds.

If you know how to get him back on the map in Pierce County, use the P3 Tips App to submit your information to Crime Stoppers, or call the hot line at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).It's anonymous -- you never have to give your name -- and you'll get a cash reward up to $1,000 if your tip helps lead to his arrest.