Thursday night, Lubbock Police were actively searching neighborhoods for sex offenders who violated their parole. At least three were behind bars by late Thursday night, charged with parole violations from sexual assault to keeping a MySpace page.
NewsChannel 11 was the only news team to ride along with police as they searched and took these suspects into custody. The effort went from central Lubbock to east Lubbock with officers knocking on doors.
Police arrested two men at the Foxhole Apartments near 40th Street and Brownfield Highway. One is a sex offender accused of not registering his address and having drugs. The other man was arrested for other warrants; he is not a sex offender.
Members of LPD's sex offender field unit go out about every six weeks to check that registered sex offenders are complying with their parole. Convicted sex offenders must notify police seven days before they move, and confirm with police seven days after, but that's not the only violation that can land them in police custody.
"Several of the offenders we picked up tonight had warrants for sexual assault. We picked up one for failure to comply, one had a possession of marijuana charge on him," Sgt. Jeff Davis said.
While police do several checks, they say neighbors can do a lot too. Folks can watch for offenders on the city's web site, and on city cable, and alert police to suspicious behavior.
That's exactly what one neighbor did in the 5400 Block of 6th Street.
"He had approached her children, offered them free pizza, and shortly there after, a neighbor had tipped her off that he was a registered sex offender, and she was pretty concerned about that," Davis said.
Besides having contact with children, police tell us the man also has a MySpace page he was supposed to take down but hadn't.
Police say neighbors can also help by letting them know if an offender moves out of the neighborhood, but leaves that address as their registered residence.
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