via NY Daily News:
An Alaskan “avenger,” armed with a hammer, is accused of attacking sex offenders using an online registry to flesh out his hit list.
Tracking down up to three victims using Anchorage’s public online sex offender registry, Jason Vukovich allegedly broke into his victim’s homes late at night and bashed their heads in with a hammer in June.
One of his victims landed on the sex offender registry 10 years ago, after pleading no contest to attempted sexual abuse of a minor.
Suffering from a fractured skull, Wesley Demarest told KTVA he was asleep when Vukovich terrorized him in his house.
“He said, ‘I’m an avenging angel, I’m going to mete out justice for the people you hurt,’” Demarest told the local news station.
Jason Vukovich, 41, wrote in a letter from jail that his adoptive father had molested him when he was a child.
Police said Vukovich was arrested the same night he allegedly hammered in Demarest’s skull.
Vukovich, 41, is also accused of robbing his three victims after his vengeful beatings. The attacks happened between June 25 and June 29.
Police found a notebook with his victim’s names listed in it, with addresses he found from the registry.
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On the website, users can find sex offenders and child kidnappers through a database by name, zip code and city or through a map, with details of the person’s address and photos, along with conviction dates, and employer’s information.
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 named his father as Larry Lee Fulton, who was found guilty of second-degree abuse of a minor in 1989, according to reports.
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.”
His other two victims, Charles Albee and Andres Barbosa, were convicted as sex offenders in 2002 and 2014, respectively.
On July 28, Vukovich plead not guilty to his charges of robbery and assault.
He is being held on a $100,000 bail, and expected to return to court on Oct. 17. If convicted, he faces up to 35 years in jail.
Officials believe that Vukovich may have been abusing the online registry, which was created to help warn concerned neighbors, not serve as a public hit list.
“That’s certainly not the purpose for which it exists,” an Anchorage district attorney spokesman told the Daily News.
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