Sex offender arrested thanks to citizen tip

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A phone call from a citizen led Wausau Police to arrest a 30-year convicted sex offender they said cut off his ankle bracelet.

Officers located James Begay on the 700 block of Forest Street in Wausau around 3 a.m. Wednesday, according to Wausau Police captain Ben Graham. He was taken into custody without incident.

Begay was convicted of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in 2010. Investigators said he dragged the woman into a backyard and made verbal threats to kill her if she did not cooperate. According to court documents, he pushed her to the ground and struck her in the head. He then raped her and fled when a back porch motion light turned on.

Begay also removed his ankle bracelet in February 2016. In that case, police said they tracked footprints and arrested Begay near McDonalds on Forest Street -- about one block from the Marathon County Jail. He had been on the run for nearly two weeks.