A man who believes himself to be a vampire was arrested Thursday in Mesa as part of statewide sweep of unregistered sex offenders before Halloween.
Robert David Gray, 48, was arrested as he was walking near 67th and Main streets for violating lifetime probation and failing to register as a sex offender. He was convicted of sexual conduct with a minor for molesting his girlfriend's young daughter, but he stopped reporting to his probation officer in August. Before then, Gray -- who has permanent dental implants resembling fangs -- was known to drive a hearse and sleep in a coffin as part of his vampire persona.
More than 30 fugitives were arrested for various offenses in the course of the week, and more than 400 convicts will be visited by law enforcement as part of compliance checks on Sunday night to ensure that the sex offenders are not dispensing candy to children as part of trick-or-treat activities.
"Numerous agencies have come together from all over the state in an effort to make our community safer on Halloween night for our children," U.S. Marshal David Gonzales said in a statement.