Fugitive found acting in low-budget flick given away by his tattle-tail tattoo

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OLYMPIA, WA – Every now and then, the movies imitate life.

Like in the film Sunset Boulevard where the aging actress plays her last role as a real-life criminal, a murderer.

And then there’s Jason Stange in the film Marla Mae, the first, and probably last, movie role for this real-life criminal, a fugitive wanted for armed bank robbery.

Stange didn’t have an acting background, but Lisa Van-Dam Bates, the director of the low-budget flick, was impressed with his work and his work ethics.

“Honestly, he’s been really good. He’s been on time, professional.”

The local paper did a feature on the film as it wrapped up shooting in Olympia, Washington.

A photo of Stange, with his real name, appeared in the story, along with a clear shot of his tattoo.

A US marshal saw it and recognized Stange as the hombre who walked away from a work-release program in eastern Washington.

Van-Dam Bates was surprised, but she doesn’t think Stange is a violent person.

“If it would have been a really brutal terrible crime, it would have changed my opinion of him a lot, if it had been a rape, or murder, or something really horrific.”

Stange says he used his real name because it was a small movie and he didn’t think it would get much attention.

Now, he’s paying the price for fame.


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