Bank Robber Arrested After Appearing in Low-Budget Horror Movie
"He really nailed the audition," said the movie's producer.
A real-life bank robber on the run in Washington was arrested by U.S. Marshals Friday after appearing in a low-budget horror movie.
According to The News Tribune, investigators were tipped off to 44-year-old Jason Stange's location recently when multiple promotional photos for the movie Marla Mae -- showing his face -- surfaced in a local newspaper in Olympia, Washington.
Stange pleaded guilty in 2006 to an armed bank robbery. Last year, he violated his probation when he left his halfway house in Spokane without permission. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest.
Interestingly, Stange was very popular on set. Marla Mae producer Brandon Roberts told the Tacoma Times Tribune that Stange was "a great guy" and "really nailed the audition" for the part of Dr. Lourdes, a deranged abortion clinic doctor.
Despite his outlaw status, the first-time director Lisa van Dam-Bates, doesn't plan to cut Stange from the film, which had just wrapped when the arrest took place. Stange was nabbed when he left the set to buy cigarettes, but the arresting officers allowed him to return his costume before going to jail.