A sex offender who went missing from a probation hostel has been arrested on suspicion of fraud in Wolverhampton, police said.
John Cronin, 37, was detained by West Midlands Police following an appeal for help to trace him.
A spokesman said Cronin, who was previously jailed for life for a sex attack, was in custody and helping officers with their inquiries.
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: "In relation to the search for John Cronin, who went missing from a probation hostel in the West Midlands at the weekend, we can confirm a 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.
Cronin, who grew up in East Lothian, Scotland, was jailed for life in 1992 for attacking a Tory activist in her Edinburgh home.
Since his early release in 1996, he has been put behind bars on a number of subsequent occasions for carrying out crimes in Britain, Ireland and in Sweden.
It is understood he was being supervised by public protection agencies in the West Midlands when he went missing.
After his disappearance, police said he had connections in north-east England, Scotland, Ireland and continental Europe