Not Everyone that Comes to a Homeless Shelter is Homeless
As we have come to know that homeless shelters can attract people who are wanted for serious crimes. The Homeless Voice had one of these dangerous sex offenders living in one of our homes in Hollywood.
It just goes to show you, the system has failed and it is difficult to know everyone we house. This man did not come up in any of our routine sex offender searches. When someone checks into our shelter, we perform a background check. If they are not registered and are a sex offender we then alert Hollywood Police Department.
The Marshals told us that there was someone living with us who had not registered in over 10 years. Since he was living near small children we also did our own investigation and kept an extra eye on him. We also notified HPD that we were housing a unregistered sex offender.
We were quite concerned, that this man was living two blocks from several schools. We were concerned that this man was living next to kids.
This has not been the first time we have helped law enforcement arrest a dangerous person. This time the Feds brought it to our intention. In the past we have been responsible for many dangerous criminals to be taken in to custody including one individual who committed a mass murder of two senior citizens in the West Coast. Not only did this individual kill two elder females, he also burned them and their house down to get rid of the evidence. We have been responsible for bringing justice to the following types of cases:
- 3 unregistered sex offenders who were fleeing all together and were related
- The apprehension of a man who had plans to kill the President of the United States
- Several unregistered sex offenders
- 2 murder cases
- 1 bank robbery
Many other people were brought to justice when we found out they were wanted.
The system is flawed and for years our Homeless Fugitive Task Force created and ran by the COSAC Foundation has lobbied the Department of Justice that a system needs to be created that automatically notifies shelter managers on sex offenders who have not registered and who are fleeing their registration requirements. The system should also send out BOLO’s and APB’s on any person who is wanted for a serious crime. Many people who are hiding from the law take refuge at homeless shelters. Most other government shelters do not run a background on their population; we run a check on everyone. The system also failed because government agencies should have alerted the law enforcement community when this man applied for food stamps and government disability benefits.
We will continue to work with the law enforcement community and continue to run our population to help stop these types of individuals from slipping out of society.