Twenty-two-year-old Michael Thomas Deshazer Jr. of the bands 2GO and the Beat Meters was apprehended by police April 27 on outstanding bench warrants in response to charges of statutory rape. Deshazer was convicted in early 2005 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl he met at an all-age show at Soma. When he didn't appear for his sentencing, he forfeited the bail money put toward his $50,000 bond and sparked a police manhunt.
"We circulated flyers all over town with a description of him, his tattoos, his Mohawk hair, and where he hangs out in O.B.," says San Diego Police Sgt. Dave Nisleit. "A homeless person called in a tip, and patrol officers found [Deshazer] on the 400 block of University. He stuck out like a sore thumb; he looks pretty distinctive and wasn't hiding his appearance very successfully."
At press time, Deshazer was being held at the downtown jail on $150,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 15 and faces up to ten years on the statutory rape conviction and an additional five to ten years for his failure to appear.