USA sheriff on the lookout for fugitives at storm shelters

Trevor Jackson
September 8, 2017

The first tweet sent out on Wednesday by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, explained the office's protocol for those seeking shelter from hurricane Irma.

Sex offenders seeking refuge at any Hurricane Irma shelter in Florida will not be allowed in, warn police.

To drive the point home, he added: 'We can not and we will not have innocent children in a shelter with sexual offenders and predators.

Judd said the motivation behind the policy is to keep those gathered in the shelters safe.

"We were trying to give all of those people a five-day heads-up, so that they could find safe shelter as well, either with us at the county jail or someplace else if they don't want to come to jail", he added. Or they could choose not to turn themselves in and avoid the shelters altogether. It only weakened slightly on Thursday morning, but remained a category five storm with winds of 180mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

'Sex offenders/predators will not be allowed, ' the office tweeted.

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When asked further about the stance, the Polk County Sheriff's Department clarified its position to the Daily Beast. "Period", the sheriff's office officials wrote on Twitter.

Polk County, between Orlando and Tampa, is home to about 600,000 people. If this was about sexual predators, you'd be out hunting for them every single day if they had outstanding warrants.

And in a joint statement, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection said they would focus on "lifesaving and life-sustaining activities" rather than target undocumented immigrants at evacuation sites.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom government said Irma inflicted "severe and in places critical" damage to the British overseas territory of Anguilla.

"It's a tragedy, we'll need to rebuild both islands".

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