Fugitive Busted After Starring In Low-Budget Horror Film
A fugitive bank robber on the run maybe shouldn't have accepted the role of an evil doctor in a low-budget horror film, one that got him busted.
U.S. Marshals arrested 44-year-old, fugitive-turned-actor Jason Stange on Friday near the movie set of Marla Mae in Olympia, Wash., according to The News Tribune. They were tipped off to his whereabouts after seeing an article in The Olympian newspaper on Thursday about the horror movie, which was in its final week of shooting.
Stange, in a rather ballsy move, used his real name in the story and was photographed on set by the newspaper. The photos that landed in The Olympian also happened to show off his unique forearm tattoo, which helped U.S. Marshals identify him, the New York Post reports.
Stange was sentenced in 2006 to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to armed bank robbery. After Stange was released from prison, he was sent to a halfway house. However, a federal probation violation warrant was issued after Stange disappeared from the halfway house in July 2014.
U.S. Marshals figured out where Marla Mae was being filmed and arrested Stange at a nearby restaurant. Stange was in costume and out buying cigarettes after the film shoot ended for the day.
The crew behind Marla Mae was rather surprised about Stange's criminal background. He was well-liked by everyone, and apparently was a really good actor despite not having any acting experience in the past.
"He did a good job," Brandon Roberts, the film's producer, told the New York Post. "He was friendly. Well-liked. We didn't know he was a criminal or anything like that."
The film's writer/director Lisa Van Dam-Bates had good things to say about Stange, too. She told Q13 Fox, "Honestly, he's been really good. He's been on time, professional."
Stange got the role after he auditioned in an open casting call. Roberts told The News Tribune that Stange "really nailed the audition."
As for why Stange used his real name not only in newspaper story but also in the casting call: he didn't think it would get that much attention for being such a small movie.
Marla Mae is expected to be released in 2016. Stange portrays the character of Dr. Lourdes, a deranged Planned Parenthood physician who gives a patient a new form of birth control that goes terribly wrong.