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Monday, August 20, 2012

Sex Offender Who Escaped From Mental Health Facility Found Panhandling in S.F.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 7:16 AM

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A San Mateo County sex offender is in jail today after he escaped from a mental health facility Friday and made his way to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf where he was reportedly seen panhandling.

Derrick Sanders, 34, was reported missing from the Cordilleras Mental Health Facility around 4 a.m. on Friday; he apparently made his escape through an elevator shaft. The "high risk" sex offender was on the lam until Saturday morning when someone strolling along San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf spotted him panhandling at Beach and Powell streets. No word on whether he was angling to get a puppy from Bevan Dufty.

According to the Examiner, police arrived, and hauled Sanders to San Francisco County Jail, where he is staying until he's transported to San Mateo County Jail.

Sanders, a transient who has a history of violence, including weapons and sex offenses, is facing a misdemeanor charges for an alleged sex offense against a minor.

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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