Mob Chases Down Guy Thought to Be Sex Attacker

He's later released by police

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 20, 2013 2:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – Residents of a Colorado neighborhood went full-on vigilante recently, chasing down a man they thought had been sexually assaulting children and throwing rocks at him until authorities intervened. The Pueblo residents were upset that police hadn't done enough, in their estimation, to catch the person responsible for two recent sex crimes, the AP reports, citing the Pueblo Chieftain. Some of them had been canvassing the neighborhood, searching for the attacker, and when they heard a man matching his description had been seen, they confronted him and he ran.

As more residents heard what was happening, the mob grew to about six, police say. They allegedly threw rocks at the man, then surrounded him and punched him in the face. When officers arrived on the scene, he was taken in for questioning, but later released due to lack of evidence. He's not planning to file charges. Says one of the man's pursuers, "We went through the right channels in contacting the police but there hasn't been much response. We can't wait around any longer without doing something. These are children that this man is after and we can't let any more children get hurt by him."

Not the angry mob in question.
Not the angry mob in question.   (Shutterstock)
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