Fugitive caught

Escaped stalker arrested

A former Granville resident jailed in Washington state in 2008 for stalking has been sent to jail locally in Washington County after escaping from custody on the West Coast.

Joshua R. Stetar, 22, was sent to the Washington County Jail following his arrest on a fugitive from justice warrant issued by the Washington State Department of Corrections. Stetar was wanted for felony stalking and escaping from “community custody,” police said.

Stetar was located in Granville, police said

He was arraigned in Kingsbury and sent to jail without bail to await extradition back to Washington state, police said.

Stetar was arrested by sheriff’s deputy Scott Stark on Jan. 2.

Spokane, Wash., police charged Joshua R. Stetar, then 20, with a single count of felony stalking following an incident that took place Dec. 28, 2008. He was accused of stalking a 15-year-old girl and making threats to rape her via text message.

Spokane police released Stetar with a scheduled court date only to arrest him two weeks later on Jan. 17 when he attempted to volunteer at the high school of the victim; facing additional charges he was sent to jail for lack of $100,000 bail.

In December 2008, Stetar told police he made a 40-hour drive across the country just to drive by the home of the girl and also said he had flown to the area in late October and driven by the girl’s house in a rented moving van. Stetar told police he first met the teenage girl online while playing the game “Halo.”

At the time of his arrest Granville village police said they had no record of dealing with a Joshua R. Stetar and New York State Police said the only record they had involving anyone by that name was from an automobile accident in 2006.

State police said Stetar listed a post office box in Granville as his address at that time and had no phone number.

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