Wednesday, August 31, 2011

AL - Sex offender program for Russell County

Original Article
Read More About Offender Watch Here

See the email we sent (at the end) to this sheriff at "dbussey@rcso.org" on the lie they have on their Offender Watch web site. Hopefully they will change it, but I seriously doubt it.

08/31/2011

By Meredith Armstrong

Phenix City - The electronic Offenderwatch program is designed so that anyone can enter an address and instantly know where sex offenders live and work. That knowledge is something Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said his department is catching up on.

Sheriff Heath Taylor said, “Us getting on board with this is kind of following suit with everybody else around us that has offered this same program to their community already.”

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed a law that went into effect July 1st that puts tougher restrictions on sex offenders. The law now requires the offenders to register with the municipality where they live. In the past sex offenders were only required to register with the law enforcement of the county.

Taylor said, “The last thing I want to happen in this county is for a child to be offended by a registered sex offender and we didn't know who they were or where they were.”

Offender Watch and sheriff's continue to spread this lie!

The computer program also allows you to sign up for email alerts to get the latest information within your neighborhood. Sheriff Taylor said the program will bring awareness to the nearly 160 sex offenders in Russell County.
- The Offender Watch program comes with a generic presentation, which the sheriff departments never change, and it has the lie "50% of sex offenders re-offend," and you can read more about this here. And as expected, this county has the same lie, see photo. And here for more accurate recidivism studies.

The sheriff said, “I think that this type of program is going to allow our community to at least have some knowledge of the registered sex offenders that live in your community and live in your neighborhood.”

Part of the new law requires homeless sex offenders to check in with law enforcement agencies even though they don't have a permanent address.

The Muscogee County Sheriff's Department is using the same system. Their database said there are 273 registered sex offenders in Columbus.




Here is the email we sent to this sheriff's office:

I noticed on your Offender Watch web site, there is a presentation, which is here:

http://communitynotification.com/presentations/al/russell/russell.html

Why do you have the lie "50% of sex offenders re-offend?"

This is a known lie, and more accurate studies, which we have linked on our blog, can be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/SOIRecidivism

Offender Watch comes with a generic presentation, the one you are using, and should be changed to be more accurate. We have documented this, on our blog, here:

http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2010/06/urgent-offender-watch-spreading.html

Why do you not change this? This is just helping keep the sex offender moral panic and mass hysteria alive.

Also, why do you not have a WARNING, similar to the one embedded below, about misusing the registry to harass ex-offenders?



Sincerely,

Sex Offender Issues
http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com


CA - San Jose cop (Patrick D'Arrigo) arrested, facing charges he had sex with 2 teenage boys

Original Article

08/31/2011

By Sean Webby

A veteran San Jose police officer was arrested Wednesday on charges that he engaged in sexual acts with two teenage boys.

Patrick D'Arrigo, 44, was taken into custody by Gilroy police at the San Jose police department around 3: 30 p.m. and booked on charges of unlawful sex activity with a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy. The victims were not identified by police because of their ages. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

D'Arrigo, who was a campus officer at Leland High School in San Jose from 1996 to 2007, was indicted earlier in the day by a grand jury, sources told this newspaper.

Santa Clara County District Attorney's office had no comment in the case. But D'Arrigo is expected to be arraigned later this week.

"This is a difficult time in the department.'' said San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore. "I'm extremely concerned about the nature of the crime and it's my concern that there may be other victims.''

The chief asked any further victims and witnesses to immediately call their local police departments.

The Gilroy Police Department released little information on the case.

"We have a legal constraint to release further information,'' said Police Sgt. Chad Gallacinao. "But in the days to come we expect to release more.''

Gilroy police reportedly began to investigate D'Arrigo two years ago, according to sources.

In April 2009, the Gilroy police received information about D'Arrigo having parties at his home, providing alcoholic beverages to minors and having sex with them, sources said. During their investigation, the police identified the two minors as possible molest victims.

But no charges were filed.

Recently a witness came forward that prompted the District Attorney's office to bring the case to a secret grand jury, according to sources.

D'Arrigo, a Gilroy resident, was one of two San Jose police officers who allegedly covered up a 2008 DUI-crash involving Sandra Woodall, a former police officer.

Witnesses at the time said a belligerent and disoriented Woodall was openly admitting soon after the accident that she had been drinking. But both D'Arrigo and a San Jose Police sergeant said they saw no signs of intoxication. This despite the fact that medical personnel on the scene believed she was drunk and later told San Jose police investigators they felt the sergeant had tried to disrupt their attempts to determine her level of sobriety.

Later, at the hospital, D'Arrigo reportedly told the mother of the accident victim that it was too late to test Woodall for alcohol.

A grand jury decided not to charge either officer. After an internal police inquiry, then-Chief Rob Davis decided in 2009 to fire the two cops for failing to properly investigate the accident.

But following a length arbitration, they were reinstated last year and rejoined the force in December.

Any one who wishes to contact the Gilroy police department about the allegations against D'Arrigo can call 408-846-0350.


NY - Geneva can't pre-empt state SORA residency laws, says U.S. District

Original Article

07/05/2011

By Denise M Champagne

The city of Geneva cannot impose residency requirements for convicted sex offenders that exceed state law.

U.S. District Judge Michael A. Telesca of the Western District of New York ruled last week that the state's Sex Offender Registration Act pre-empts the Ontario County municipality's local law. The suit was brought by [name withheld], 41, a Level 3 sex offender who notified the city of Geneva on April 26, 2010, that he had moved to a location within 500 feet of a playground.

[name withheld] was 29 on March 2, 1999, when he was convicted of first- degree sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl in St. Lawrence County and sentenced to up to nine years in state prison. He was released in 2007 and adjudicated by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services as a Level 3 sex offender. The state classifies Level 3 as having a high-risk of committing another sexual offense.

State law, as a condition of parole or probation, prohibits Level 3 sex offenders whose victims were younger than 18 from living within 1,000 feet of a school.

[name withheld] had served his time and was no longer under state parole or probationary supervision when he notified the city he had moved. The location of his new residence violated the city's ordinance, Chapter 285, passed April 2, 2008, which prohibits Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet from a school or 500 feet from a park, playground or daycare center, regardless of their parole or probationary status.

The city told [name withheld] he had 90 days to find new housing, according to the ordinance, or he would face a civil fine. [name withheld] challenged the local law. He was represented by Darius K. Lind and Jeffrey L. Hogue, attorneys with Legal Assistance of Western New York Inc.

Judge Telesca ruled there was a conflict because [name withheld]'s new residence was not prohibited under state residency restrictions that apply only to Level 3 sex offenders who are also subject to a sentence of probation or parole.

[name withheld] filed a complaint in state court, asserting that Geneva's Chapter 285 is pre-empted by the state SORA law and that his rights under the ex post facto, equal protection, due process and contract clauses of the Constitution were violated.

Based on the constitutional challenges, Geneva removed the complaint to federal court. [name withheld] did not object.

The city, represented by Harris Beach PLLC attorneys H. Todd Bullard and James P. Nonkes, moved to dismiss the complaint, arguing Geneva's law was a proper exercise of a local government's police power to protect the safety and welfare of its citizens. Judge Telesca ruled the local law is pre-empted by the state's "comprehensive, detailed and thorough scheme for regulating sex offenders" and that Geneva's law is invalid.

"New York courts have on numerous occasions dealt with the issue of whether a municipal ordinance is invalid because the state Legislature has pre-empted the area that the municipality had sought to enter," Judge Telesca wrote, citing Village of Nyack v. Daytop Vil. Inc., 78 N.S. 2d 500, 505 (1991). "The pre-emption doctrine represents a fundamental limitation on a municipality's 'home rule' powers."

He notes because of the disposition, it was not necessary to rule on [name withheld]'s federal constitutional claims.

"Our office felt this was a pretty clear-cut issue in that the state had developed a pretty comprehensive plan for the management of sex offenders," Lind said. "We're happy with the results and how quickly the court recognized it. The question is if his constitutional rights have been violated, does he pursue some sort of suit for damages?"

Lind said the next step will be to determine the extent of harm [name withheld] suffered. He said the initial complaint included a claim for damages that he does not believe has been extinguished by Judge Telesca's ruling.

"This has really been about Mr. [name withheld] being able to live with his family and not have to move," Lind said. "His goal has never been to get any money from the city or anything like that. Whether or not we pursue it, we're going to have to determine that."

Lind said he can understand why local municipalities pass such restrictions, but that he doesn't think they are aware that there are restrictive rules that have been put in place by the state.

"To the extent that people are unhappy with them, they have to look to the state Legislature," he said. "When the state determines [sex offenders] can live back in society, our feeling is they should be able to live back in society. If people feel they still pose a threat, the state should pass more restrictive regulations."

That is what Geneva intends to pursue. City Attorney David Lee Foster said he doesn't believe it was the state's intention to pre-empt towns and cities from having their own statutes. He said state legislation usually allows local municipalities their own remedies.

Foster said he suspects the matter will be resolved either legislatively or on appeal, although the former resolution is more likely. He thinks the solution should eliminate pre-emption.

"Different-size municipalities have different issues," he said. "What would be OK for a dense population like New York City may not be acceptable for something like a small city in upstate. It seems to me that the Legislature did not intend to pre-empt this field."

Bullard said the city will not appeal. He said Geneva will redraft its resolution to make it more consistent with the court's ruling.

"There have been a lot of cases like this being raised across the state," he said. "Our intention is to protect children and we believe that our ordinance was reasonable. I think this is a very important issue and I think that it's something that Geneva holds at a higher light of great importance. Obviously, we weren't trying to stigmatize anyone or do anything improper."

Bullard said the state law should be broader and that municipalities should be able to craft legislation to protect their children and communities.

Hogue hopes the decision discourages other municipalities from pursuing legal action. He said Legal Assistance of Western New York is the only legal services provider in a five-county area so it does not take cases unless they have strong legal merit.

"When this city or another agency hears that we're taking a case, it means it made it through our triage process," Hogue said. "Our hope is that they'll pick up the phone and discuss the merits of the case with us and hopefully resolve the matter so we can go about helping other low-income people in our service territory."

Several local ordinances across the state have been struck down. Nassau County's law was ruled invalid in March by a federal judge for similar reasons. Judges in Albany, Rensselaer and Schuyler counties have also ruled similar laws were pre-empted by the state or unenforceable because they conflicted with state law.

Three counties in the Fourth Department -- Cayuga, Niagara and Seneca -- have their own sex offender residency restrictions.

"No one has challenged the local law in Seneca County," said County Attorney Frank R. Fisher. "When they do, we will deal with it appropriately."

Seneca County's law, passed in October 2006, prohibits convicted sex offenders from living within 500 feet from a camp, daycare center, park, playground or school. Certain exemptions are allowed such as permitting people who already lived within the restrictions to remain.


IL - Paroled Sex Offender Can't Go Home

Original Article

08/30/2011

By Phil Rogers

Father says state's one-size-fits-all sexual predator laws should be changed

The Illinois prison system is grossly overcrowded. So why would the state keep an inmate in prison past his release date, when it could free up badly needed space?

The answer is that the inmate, [name withheld], must register as a sex offender, even though nearly everyone agrees that he poses no danger to anyone.

[name withheld] was convicted of having sexual relations with an underage 16-year-old girl. He was eligible for parole last month. But because his parents live within 500 feet of a preschool, he can’t go back home. And because he has nowhere to go, he remains in the Taylorville Correctional Center.

"There's over a thousand people just sitting in prison because they don’t have a place to live," said [name withheld]’s father, [fathers name withheld]. "The reports show he is not a sexual predator, and does not have a profile toward younger kids."

[name withheld] was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 10 years ago. His adoptive father, an Elmhurst insurance broker, said [name withheld]’s judgement is impaired, and he has trouble making good decisions.

"He has no impulse controls," the elder [name withheld] said. "It's permanent brain damage. It’s nothing that can be corrected by medicine of therapy."

Indeed, an expert on Fetal Alcohol disorders wrote a letter on [name withheld]'s behalf to Gov. Pat Quinn last year.

"Individuals with this condition do get in trouble because they don't understand legal boundaries," wrote Dr. Natalie Novick Brown, a doctor based in Everett Washington. “They typically learn from their (prison) experiences.”

"[name withheld]," she concluded, "is not likely to reoffend."

But the Illinois’ sexual predator law provides no exceptions. The law says that registered sex offenders cannot live within 500 feet of a school. And when the Elmhurst Police Department measured the distance from the corner of the [name withheld]’s lot to a nearby preschool, that distance came up as 452 feet. That puts the house 48 feet inside the exclusion zone.

Pointing at a red brick house two doors away, [name withheld] noted that his son could legally live as his neighbor, but could not move back into the family home.

"He could live two doors away. He could sleep two doors away, get up in the morning at six o'clock, come over here to have coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, watch TV, have a snack at night, walk back to the house at 10:30 and go to sleep, and that's legal," he said.

Dupage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said the law does not give him any discretion to grant the [name withheld] an exemption.

"That’s something that needs to be handled by the General Assembly," Berlin said. "I can’t make an exception for him, or anybody else, because where do you draw the line? Who do you make exceptions for, and who do you deny the exceptions to?"
- So why do we even have judges anymore?  At one time, they had the discretion to approve or disprove someone's request.

There probably are some cases that are more egregious than other cases. But the law has to apply equally to everybody," he said.

[name withheld] disagrees. He contends Illinois' one-size-fits-all law is counterintuitive to the protection it attempts to provide. The law, he argues, should be risk-based, not a broad brush which applies to everyone, regardless of the crime.

His own state representative disagrees.

"We have to have a bright line test," said Rep. Dennis Reboletti, an Addison Republican. "We cannot have a hodgepodge of laws that allow some individuals to be in a protected zone, while others are not."
- The sex offender laws are already a hodgepodge of unconstitutional laws and punishment. Just wait until your son or daughter is caught up in the laws you are advocating for, then I'm sure you will change your mind.

Still, others have joined the chorus that some kind of reform in the law is needed.

"When we paint all offenders with the same brush, we lose the effectiveness," said John Maki of the John Howard Association, a prison reform group. "We need to propose a better solution."

Maki notes that by some estimates, upwards of 90% of sex crimes take place between family members.

[name withheld] is scheduled to be released next summer, and his father says he is trying to find somewhere for him to live which would provide the structure experts say he needs.

"They'll release him and they don’t care where he lives. But he still couldn’t live at home."


TX - Young Love Gets Help From Law Change

Original Article

08/30/2011

By Geena Martinez

MIDLAND - Imagine being a teen and having to register as a sex offender for life.

All because you and your high school sweetheart decided together to have sex.

Now some changes are being made to a controversial law to keep these kids from being stuck with a label that ruins their lives.
- And that same label ruins adult lives and families as well.

It's called the Romeo and Juliet law, and after Thursday, the law is going to change so officials can focus on tracking down violent sex offenders instead of teens who made a bad decision.

It's a modern take on the Shakespeare classic. Two lovers torn apart, not by their parents but by the law.

"It can be two people that want to have sex with each other but because of their age, the law says that's not permissible," Midland County Asst. D.A., Stephen Stallings, said.

Right now, Texas law says it's illegal if an adult has sex with a minor who's at least three years younger than them.

Once convicted, that person is required to register as a sex offender. But now part of the law is changing but only for couples who have no more than a four year age gap.

"As an example, if you had a 19-year-old girl and she was having sex with a 15 and a half year old boy, that's considered sexual assault," Stallings said. "They're within four years of age, they're more than three years apart so it's still an offense."

But starting September 1st, the person could petition in front of a judge to have their name taken off the sex offender registry.
- This is good, but why must the offender, who shouldn't be on the list in the first place, waste more of their hard earned money to get off the list?  Is this a free thing to do?  And are the police going to tell all ex-offenders who come in to register about this new law?

Stallings said this change is meant to distinguish between sexual predators and teens who simply made a mistake.

"Boys and girls are going to be boys and girls," Stallings said. "They're still wrong, they've still committed an offense but they're not likely to reoffend."
- And neither are the vast majority of adult ex-sex offenders on the list.

Some in the Tall City think this is a good thing.

"It takes two to tango," Resident, Anthony Tijerina, said. "When you hear pedophile or sex offender, you think 'oh they messed with a little kid.' You can't really judge anybody if you don't know both sides to the story."
- This man proves what many have said for years, as soon as someone hears "sex offender" they think the person had sex or raped a child, which is not always the case, but, due to the media, politicians and so called "child advocates", this lie has been spread for years.

"I have a daughter that's in high school and if she's ok with it and it's consensual, I guess I would have to be ok with it too," Resident, Joshua Graham, said. "Kids are far more advanced than we were in high school."

While many agree it's good to focus on the repeat offenders, others think teens should know better.

"When you're older it sounds right, 20 and a 24-year-old but when you're 16, you don't need to be with a 20 year old," Resident, Paige Johnson, said.
- I'm sure that when you were 16 you did not believe this.

However, Stallings said kids will be kids.

"The legislature has come to the conclusion that they shouldn't be in the same category as those folks and I think that's the right thing to do," Stallings said.
- And all ex-sex offenders on the list should not be all lumped into the same group either.  Most people these days think sex offender, child molester, pedophile and predator are all the same thing, and they are not.

Right now, Stallings said it's not clear whether this change will affect young people who have already been convicted and had to register as a sex offender.
- It should, and they should have been discussed beforehand.


WA - Washington's Screwed-Up Sex-Offender Registry

Original Article

08/31/2011

By Jonathan Kaminsky

How leaving cops to sort out who's dangerous can change lives in an instant.

Eighteen years ago, "Joseph" did something extremely stupid. Early on a July morning, and by his own telling so tweaked out on meth that he had lost his grip on reality, the then-23-year-old crawled through the window into the bedroom of what had been his childhood home and curled up next to the current occupant, a 12-year-old girl, leaving only after she startled awake and turned on the light.

It is an incident that "Joseph", who like other registered sex offenders in this article has been granted anonymity in exchange for freely sharing his story, has quite literally never lived down. Now 41, he resides in the shadow of Mount Adams in southwestern Washington with his common-law wife of five years, their 3-year-old daughter, and her children from two previous relationships, ages 5, 13, and 14. Most afternoons and evenings, while his spouse is at work, it is his responsibility to look after the kids.

On a recent afternoon, the older ones stay in their rooms while the younger two—"Joseph's" daughter and the boy he has raised since he was four months old—compete relentlessly for his attention, treating him as equal parts authority figure and jungle gym.

"Joseph", who wears his hair pulled back in a ponytail, has a long, brown beard flecked with gray and a timeworn face hinting at a past discordant with the loving tone he takes with his children today. A convicted car thief and truant at 15, he spent the bulk of the next six years in juvenile detention. By 21, he'd been nabbed twice on burglary charges. In 1993, after pleading guilty to lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor under 14 for the incident in his old bedroom, he spent more than four years in prison, a stay extended by at least three suicide attempts.

After getting out, "Joseph" attempted to turn his life around. A stint at community college ended with an associate's degree, a pile of student loans, and an accusation, in 1999, that he'd stalked another student. The incident resulted in a parole violation, but no criminal charges.

His most recent arrest, for grabbing an ex-girlfriend's arms and shaking her chair, resulted in a misdemeanor domestic battery conviction. That was in 2003.

He has not reoffended sexually.

"[Joseph] is a great guy, but he's manic-depressive," says the former girlfriend, a psychology professor at the community college he attended, who broke off their five-year relationship in 2005. When he's manic, she says, "he's very forceful, but not in a destructive way." During one episode, she recalls, he spent a weekend sanding down all her floors.

Whether you believe "Joseph" is a man who has overcome his checkered past or a danger to the women and children around him, one thing seems beyond debate: He did not go from being one of these things to the other within the past 18 months. Except, in the eyes of the law, that is exactly what happened.

In February 2010, "Joseph" received a letter from the Klickitat County Sheriff's office. Four years earlier, he'd moved from California, registered as a sex offender, and was made a level 1, the lowest risk to reoffend in Washington state's three-tiered sex-offender classification system. Now, the letter informed him, a county sex-offender panel had revisited his file, and he would become a level 2. The change was not trivial. Previously, only cops and those requesting specific information about him would be aware of his sex-offender status. Now his name and photograph would go up on the public sex-offender website, along with the block he lived on, and police would have the option of going door-to-door to alert his neighbors.

"Joseph's" case highlights a simple but persistent flaw in Washington state's pioneering sex-offender community-notification system, which was born more than two decades ago in the wake of a horrific crime. State corrections officials place risk levels on many of Washington's approximately 20,000 registered sex offenders, the overwhelming majority of them male. But the final decision on the offender's level—and, by extension, whether the public knows he is an offender—resides with the sheriff or the police chief where the offender lives. In some cases, there are delays before files are properly reviewed. In others, sex-offender levels are raised in ways critics say arbitrarily drive offenders out of some areas of the state and into others, including Seattle. In addition, critics contend, the decentralized system adds uncertainty to the lives of sex offenders, increasing the risk they pose to others.

For "Joseph", his new status has had real consequences. Shortly after he became a level 2, he was fired from his job—in part, he believes, because of the level change. With the 5-year-old he's raised as his son set to begin kindergarten in the fall, he worries the boy's classmates will tease him for having a sex offender for a father.

"If it was just me, I wouldn't care," he says. "But I have little ones to take care of."

Earl Shriner was on the prowl the Saturday evening in May 1989 that he came across fair-haired, 7-year-old Ryan Hade riding his bike in the small park near both their homes in south Tacoma. Dragging the boy out of view into a nearby woods, Shriner tied a noose tight around his neck and raped him repeatedly. Before leaving him bloodied, caked in mud, and semiconscious near a drainage ditch, Shriner cut off Hade's penis.


LA - Exoneree John Thompson on Prosecutorial Misconduct

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John Thompson served 18 years in Louisiana prisons -- including 14 years on death row -- before he was exonerated in 2003.

He sued the Orleans Parish Attorney's Office in civil court and won a settlement, but the decision was eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. He spoke with Innocence Project staff and students in June 2011 about his case and the issue of prosecutorial misconduct.


IL - Level 3 sex offender hopes public registry will end for the rehabilitated

Original Article

08/30/2011

A Level 3 registered sex offender hopes that one day the law will change, and he doesn't have to be a publicly registered sex offender for the rest of his life.

Research from the University of Chicago has found that while sexual offender data bases may make people feel safer it doesn't necessarily improve the safety of the community.

"I found that the sex offenses, the rates of rape instances, did not decrease after we started the registries, and after we started public notifications via the internet," Amanda Agan tells 97.3 KIRO FM's Ross & Burbank Show.

When you force a person to be registered as a sex offender is the reaction of the offender, 'what do I have to lose?'

Erik Mart tells 97.3 KIRO FM's Ron & Don Show, that while he hasn't had a problem re-offending, he has heard some have that reaction of desperation.

Mart says that the public registry makes it difficult for offenders who have been rehabilitated to carry on with a normal life. "It's extremely difficult to find a job and housing and to have a good relationship, all the things that make stability for a person."

He said he's been judged by the community he lives in, but wishes people would put the shoe on the other foot. "A person is more than the mistakes they make. If we were all judged by our mistakes we'd all be in trouble [...] People perceive that sex offenders are not human," he says, "I'm as human as anyone else [...] I would like to live a good life."

According to Mart, the registry is an ongoing punishment. "My registry is for my lifetime, but I'm hoping that one day it will be removed." He says that if he's demonstrated his rehabilitation that he'd like to no longer publicly register as a sex offender since he's not a risk to the community.

Mart said he went through sex offender treatment that included group therapy and polygraph testing. Additionally, Mart said he believes that those at risk to reoffend, usually aren't a risk to the community, because they're still locked up. "People that are very severe usually stay in prison."

Mart has a blog where he discuss life as a rehabilitated offender and his experiences working with other rehabilitated sex offenders that hope to make good out of their life, even though some would rather, force them out of town, "just for their label."


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NM - APD Kills Suspect - Witness Describes Officer-Involved Shooting

Original Article

08/30/2011

By Astrid Galvan

Police say the robbery suspect shot this afternoon was armed with an AK-47, was a suspect in three armed robberies and was a registered sex offender.

The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old [name withheld].

The incident started when police tracked [name withheld] down to arrest him on an armed robbery warrant. [name withheld], who police said was featured in Crime Stoppers this weekend, walked to an open field between 60th and 61st streets near Central.

SWAT was called on scene, as were crisis negotiators who spent about 15 minutes trying to get [name withheld] to surrender.

[name withheld] was carrying a bag and it was apparent to officers that there was a rifle in it, Police Chief Ray Schultz said. [name withheld] had his hand inside the bag, Schultz said. Officers even heard [name withheld]cycle” the rifle. A SWAT sniper shot [name withheld] at least twice, the chief said.

Schultz said [name withheld] was wanted in three armed robberies, two of which took place in businesses. He also said [name withheld] has a violent criminal past and is a registered sex offender.