The “Alaskan Avenger,” a sex abuse victim, is now being accused of seeking vengeance on pedophiles with a hammer, using the online registry to locate and beat up sex offenders.
Alfred NG of NY Daily News says that, the man used Anchorage’s public online sex offender registry to find up to three offenders. Jason Vukovich broke into his victim’s homes and bashed their heads in with a hammer in June. NG says, “One of his victims landed on the sex offender registry 10 years ago, after pleading no contest to attempted sexual abuse of a minor.”
He said, ‘I’m an avenging angel, I’m going to mete out justice for the people you hurt,’” Wesley Demarest, one of the people Vukovich tracked down, had told a local news station.
Police say Vukovich was detained in custody the exact night he bashed in Demarest’s skull. Police had found a notebook on him that had lists of victim’s names and addresses from the online registry. Vukovich, 41, is also accused of robbing the three victims after beating them with the hammer.
On the online registry, users can locate child kidnappers and sex offenders by zip code, name, and city, or through a map with extra details of the person’s photo and address, along with dates of conviction and information of their employer’s.
NG states, “the sex-offender avenger revealed he had been molested and beaten by his adoptive father when he was a child, he wrote in a letter from jail to the Anchorage Dispatch News.” “’What I can say at this time is that after being physically and mentally abused by a predator, my life was forever changed,’ Vukovich wrote in his letter. “He said he targeted sexual offenders in hopes of supporting children ‘in pursuit of their dreams,’ writing that kids should be able to live ‘without the threat of pedophiles lingering around them.’” Vukovich has plead not guilty to the charges of assault and robbery.
He is being held on a $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to be in court on Oct.17. He will be facing up to 35 years in prison if he is found to be convicted.