Pedophile Hunter Arrested for Tracking Down & Beating Up Child Abusers
Used sex offenders registry to track and beat rapists with a hammer
A man has been arrested after he was caught hunting down pedophiles, breaking into their homes, and beating them with a hammer.
Following his arrest, Vukovich wrote a letter to Alaska Dispatch News saying he had been physically and sexually abused as a child and described himself as an "avenging angel."
Whilst facing serious charges of felony assault that may lead to a very lengthy prison sentence, Vukovich has earned an army of followers who have proclaimed him the "Alaskan Avenger".
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According to NY Daily News, using Anchorage’s public online sex offender registry to locate up to three offenders, Jason Vukovich allegedly broke into his victims’ homes and bashed in their heads 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.
"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, told a local news station.
Police said 41-year-old Vukovich was arrested the same night he allegedly hammered in Demarest’s skull.
Police also found a notebook with his victims’ names listed in it, with addresses he found from the registry.
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, according to the letter he sent from prison to the ADN.
"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 pleaded not guilty to the charges of robbery and assault.
He is being held on a $100,000 bail and scheduled to return to court on Oct. 17 and faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.