Authorities warn public after convicted child rapist set to be released tells people he will ‘rape the first woman’ he sees

John West

HEMPSTEAD COUNTY, Ark. – A sex offender scheduled to be released from an Arkansas hospital has threatened to “rape the first woman he sees,” KSLA reported.

The Hempstead County, Ark., Sheriff’s Office posted this warning Monday on its Facebook page.

John West, 38, reportedly has a mental illness and is stable while on medication. But he, “he is telling the hospital personnel that he will not stay on his medication when he walks out of the hospital,” the sheriff’s post states.

West also has been telling hospital staffers that he “will rape the first woman he sees” so he can go back to jail. “West reported that he has previously had command hallucinations that told him to rape a woman.”

“This notice is provided to the citizens of Hempstead County out of a concern for the safety for the citizens,” says the Facebook post. “Please use caution if this person approaches you. Call 911 immediately and report whereabouts. Please do not approach.”

West was convicted on Oct. 7, 1996, of raping a 4-year-old girl.

Last month, he was taken to the hospital in Little Rock for evaluation after police arrested him April 26 in Hope, Ark., on a charge of disorderly conduct.

“I am at a loss for words. I have no idea why they would make such a decision to release (him) back to Hempstead County,” says a Sheriff’s Office response to a comment on the Facebook post. “He was convicted in Yell County in the 90s. Don’t know why he wants to be in Hope/Hempstead County.”

 

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