Kansas City woman concerned about sex-offender squatting in her neighborhood
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A woman in historic Old Northeast Kansas City says a man has been stalking her, and she doesn’t know what to do.
The man was a non-conforming sex offender, squatting on her neighbor’s porch. She said the police told her it was a gray area on what could be done. She reached out to FOX4’s Sherae Honeycutt to try to resolve the issue.
She said that when she first moved in she thought he was a nice old man, but she quickly realized he was like no other.
Missy Jones grew up in the Northeast. She moved back about three years ago, and decided to move back to the neighborhood. Before long, she no longer felt at home and began to feel trapped.
“I thought, oh, this is just a nice old man going around the neighborhood and picking up trash, he’s doing something nice, he’s doing something good,” Jones said.
She knew the man was following her.
“I would literally walk out the door and he would be right there,” Jones said.
He will talk to her about her travels and returns, the friends she’s made, and the cars in her driveway.
“I started changing my schedule. I started out the back door. I got to the point, and again I had to look outside before walking out the front door because I didn’t know what I was going to get,”
Finally, she was so worried that she looked up at him, and discovered something shocking.
“I found out he was a pedophile. He is currently not compliant with his status,” Jones said.
She was right. This man was found guilty of sexually assaulting two girls, aged twelve and fourteen, in 2002. Worse, Jones realized that she had known him since he was a girl. Jones is friends with his stepdaughter.
Jones said: “I used to spend the night as a teenager.
She doesn’t think he misses her, but can’t be sure. She doesn’t recognize him because his appearance has changed dramatically and he has an alias.
The man was kicked out of the facility he was living near her home, and began squatting on her neighbor’s porch. She said he had his eye on her, and the police tried to help.
The KCPD says it does not arrest non-compliant sex offenders, unless there is a warrant for their arrest.
“I feel like they’ve done what they can but there’s only so much they can do up to a certain point,” Jones said.
She reached out to FOX4 for help and we asked the man why he continued to stay in the neighborhood when he didn’t live there. He told FOX4’s Sherae Honeycutt that he doesn’t believe people feel the same way.
She asked him why he let his sex offender status become non-compliant and he said he had lost his wallet and didn’t know when he had to check. However, Missouri Highway Patrol Agency documents show that for more than a decade he signed up to take new pictures and understand the system until he became non-compliant.
When FOX4 came to talk to him, he had a large wound on his head and was bleeding. Honeycutt called 911 and asked officers to speak to him about what he claimed was an attack, but was unable to describe who hit him or how he was injured.
Police spoke to Jones, who was out of her home, and they told her she had good reason to file a claim against her ex. They talked to her about what she was going through and provided her with information on how to help with the problem.
“Now that I feel it’s an option, I’ll definitely consider that avenue,” Jones said.
Police said if the man returned to the neighborhood, Jones should call them, and he would be arrested.
Jones said: “I feel very relieved.
The KCPD and the Missouri State Highway Patrol say compliance with sex crimes is handled by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
FOX4 reached out to both the department and Sheriff Darryl Forte to see if they could help, but received no response.
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