Law Enforcement Seeks Minnesota Sexual Offender Who May Be Connected to Marijuana Collective in SoHum

matthew Kaiser compositeA Minnesota man has been on Southern Humboldt’s most wanted list since December when Minnesota law enforcement contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department letting them know that he was a fugitive from their state. According to a Minnesota newspaper, Matthew Alan Kaiser, born December 1987, was arrested in August of 2011 for “sexual conduct in the third degree and criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree after the Farmington Police Department received a tip that a 14-year-old girl was living with him.”

Kaiser was later convicted and sent to prison on a sexual offense though it isn’t clear if it was for the charges reported in the newspaper.

In November of 2015, he was most recently released from jail. Kaiser was reported as a wanted fugitive only a few months later in January of 2016.

We know that he was in Humboldt relatively recently. On November 4, 2016, he was arrested as a fugitive from justice by the Eureka Police Department (EPD). According to Brittany Powell, a spokesperson for the EPD, their office received a tip that a wanted felon was in a motel. They arrested him without incident.

Stacy Hanson from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department told us that according to the Humboldt County Jail Kaiser “was arrested on [a] warrant Nov. 4, 2016. He bailed out on Nov. 14, 2016.” Hanson said it was “[u]nclear why he wasn’t sent out of state.”

Then, according to Sgt. Jesse Taylor of the Sheriff’s Department, “In December 2016 we received information from authorities in Minnesota that Kaiser is the “operations lead” for a marijuana collective located somewhere in Southern Humboldt.”

Since then, Kaiser has been on Southern Humboldt’s Most Wanted List. If you have seen him, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.

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