An actor who played a villain in a low-budget horror movie turned out to be a crook who was wanted by police.

Convicted bank robber Jason Stange had been wanted by police since he fled his halfway house last year.

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Authorities arrested Stange after they recognized him in a series of photos that accompanied a news story about “Marla Mae,” a low-budget horror film shot in Washington state.

Stange, who had been calling himself “Jason Strange,” played a villainous abortion clinic doctor in the film.

The Guardian reported:

Producer Brandon Roberts said Stange was “a great guy” and a talented actor who had “really nailed the audition” for the part of Dr Lourdes, an abortion clinic doctor who commits a deranged act.

“Everyone really liked him a lot,” Roberts told the Tacoma News Tribune. It is understood first-time director Lisa van Dam-Bates, who also plays Marla, has decided to keep Stange’s scenes in the movie.

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