US fugitive arrested in Playa del Carmen

jason beechingJason Beeching seen here, shirtless and tattooed

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – An American fugitive has been arrested in Playa del Carmen after nearly five years in hiding.

Jason Allen Beeching, referred to mostly as Tyson locally, chose Playa as his hideaway for the past five years as he eluded the United States Department of Corrections on charges of rape and sexual assault against a minor.

On Saturday night, Beeching was arrested by the Tourist Police of Solidarity for public disturbance. He was handed over to the Directorate General of Public Security and Traffic only to discover there were five previous arrests. Upon further investigating, authorities found a search warrant issued by the US Justice Department Embassy in Mexico.

The 35-year-old was arrested in the vicinity of popular Fifth Avenue where he allegedly had ties with drug gangs, and handed over to the National Migration Institute (INM) for deportation to the United States.

According to the police report, Beeching spent the past five years posing as a Mexican using false identification of a Mexican voter card. He has had a warrant out for his arrest in the US since 2007 on charges of rape and assault against a 14 year old.

Beeching was living and working in Playa as Tyson, a tattoo artist and at various times, a tour salesman.  His most recent run in with local authorities came when he was chased by police and arrested on March 18 of this year. The chase ended in an accident with five youths inside the car. Beeching, who was using the alias Esteban at the time, was injured and held liable for 80 million peso in damages.