A man has been arrested after he was caught hunting down pedophiles, breaking into their homes, and beating them with a hammer.
Jason Vukovich used the online government Sex Offenders Registry in Alaska to locate child rapists and others involved in crimes related to pedophilia such as child pornography distribution.
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”.
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.