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Man charged for attacking sex offenders greeted as a hero by some

8-3-16 Alaska:

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) It's not often that someone handcuffed, in shackles, and facing a Superior Court judge on felony assault and robbery charges is greeted as a hero. But Jason Vukovich was last week, at least by some from a distance.

Little about the case against him is ordinary.

The 41-year-old is accused of using the state government sex offender registry to find his alleged victims, three men previously convicted of sex offenses ranging from possession of child pornography to attempted sex abuse of a minor. All three served prison terms but were still required to report their home and work addresses.

Prosecutors claim, over a five-day stretch in June, that Vukovich tracked the men down at their homes and used a hammer to threaten, assault, and rob them.

After his arrest, the defendant penned a letter to Alaska Dispatch News saying he had been physically and sexually abused as a child and described himself as an "avenging angel."

Some who read the initial story and subsequent news coverage have reacted with condemnation, saying he was a vigilante acting outside the law, deserving a lengthy jail term for attacking people who already served time for their crimes. But many more said things like this: "You are my hero." ... "Give the man an award. If there is a child molester, that individual should be shot and killed." ... "You'll get much respect inside for sure, and on the outside when you're done."

Sex offender attacked and told to leave neighborhood

2-1-17 Illinois:

DECATUR – A Decatur man was being held in the Macon County Jail on Monday night, accused of beating a victim labeled as a “sexual predator.”

Police statements say the alleged assault happened Aug. 20, but police finally caught up with 19-year-old suspect Saturday morning. The statements described him as being a student at Lincoln College of Technology in Indianapolis, Ind.

Police accuse the man of setting upon the victim with two other teenage men as the victim walked along the 2000 block of East Pythian Avenue. The 53-year-old victim, who is a registered sex offender, told police he had seen the three men watching him as he walked along and, after crossing the street, he was initially attacked by two of them.

Man who tried running over man he thought was a child molester gets probation

1-22-17 Michigan:

BAY CITY, MI -- A 34-year-old man who tried to run over another man and said he did so to defend children has received a probationary sentence.

Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gil on Tuesday, Jan. 17, sentenced Justin R. Aikens to three years' probation. The judge gave him credit for 57 days served in jail and deferred an additional 308 days, meaning Aikens will only have to serve them if he violates his probation.

The judge also ordered Aikens to pay $1,400 in restitution.

Aikens in December pleaded guilty to single counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny by conversion less than $1,000. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed a charge of reckless driving.

The assault charge stems from police on the afternoon of Sunday, July 17, having responded to a complaint on Hart Street in Bay City after a 40-year-old man called 911 to report he was nearly run over. The man told officers a white panel van bearing a construction company's name had driven by him as he walked his dog. The van's driver yelled at the man and accused him of being a sex offender, the man told police.