Legal System 'Dropped Ball' on Garrido: Cop
Cop who busted him in 1976 kidnap-rape stunned he was on streets
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 30, 2009 10:26 AM CDT
A tent is shown in the backyard of a home in Antioch, Calif., where authorities say kidnapped victim Jaycee Dugard lived.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – A furious cop has blasted the legal system for "dropping the ball" on Jaycee Dugard's accused kidnapper Phillip Garrido, who served only a fraction of a 50-year conviction for a previous kidnap-rape. "How he got out after 10 years, I'll never know," Nevada Police Officer Clifford Conrad told the New York Daily News.

Conrad busted Garrido in 1976 after he handcuffed and raped a woman he had kidnapped across the border in California. "He didn't seem nervous or anything," said Conrad, who nailed Garrido emerging from a warehouse. "He just said they were boyfriend and girlfriend, and they were just having consensual sex." Garrido kidnapped the woman in South Lake Tahoe, the same place police say he snatched Dugard.