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Police Locate Wanted High Risk Sex Offender

Derrick Sanders, who escaped from a mental health facility in Redwood City, has been taken into custody in San Francisco.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has located a high risk sex offender who  Friday from Cordilleras Mental Health Facility in Redwood City.

Derrick Sanders, 34, was found in San Francisco after police developed leads based on tips from the community, the sheriff's office announced Saturday morning. He was taken into custody.

Around 9 a.m. Saturday someone in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf noticed a man panhandling near Beach and Powell streets who looked like the escaped parolee who had been in the news, according to the sheriff's office.

San Francisco police responded to the area and found Sanders and took him into custody.

He was booked at the San Francisco County Jail where was awaiting transport to the San Mateo County Jail, sheriff's officials said.

Sanders, a transient who frequents both San Mateo and Alameda counties, has a history of violence, weapons and sex offenses and currently faces a misdemeanor charge for an alleged sex offense against a minor in San Mateo County, as well as a parole violation, Schumaker said.

Sanders was discovered missing by staff at Cordilleras Center during rounds which were conducted during the early morning hours Friday.

Bay City News Service contributed to this article.

Hal Schuette August 18, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Good News! Now we can breath easier.
Jim Trembley August 18, 2012 at 06:30 PM
How in the heck did this guy escape? We live in this neighborhood with children, and I do not feel safe knowing someone like this was able to escape from this jail. I hope the Sheriffs office investigates this, and someone is held responsible. The person or persons that are responsible for this needs to be fired!! This is unexceptable in a facility that is located in a residential neighborhood. I just hope the Sheriffs department does not sweep this one under the table. The people in our neighborhood derserves better!!!!!!!!!
Antonio Catpo August 18, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Ditto to Hal. If Derrick was able to escape the mental institution and go all the way to SF, i wonder if he's crazy or just pretending to be one (ala Jack Nicholson in "One flew ...")
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) August 18, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Law enforcement officials say he escaped through an elevator shaft.
Spence Covey August 18, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Don't ask me why but people that work for public agencies DON'T GET FIRED!
Michael G. Stogner August 18, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Jim, This was not a jail he walked away from, It is a privately operated mental health facility I'm not even sure if he was locked in a room, they didn't report how he left his room. Also he was found to be mentally unfit to assist in his own defense yet our DA continues to hold him on a misdemeanor charge, he has multiple failure to report and appear charges which seems reasonable/common for a person with mental issues
Julie W August 18, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Great news that he was captured. I didn't even know there was a Mental Heath Facility located near Edgewood Road and 280. Thanks Patch for your quick release of info when he escaped.
Rosalva Lopez August 18, 2012 at 09:21 PM
That's a good news for all !!!!
Jim Trembley August 18, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Michael, Dont you feel that someone with mental health issues, and a history as a sexual preditor should be put in a secure facility? If he was placed in a private facility with no security is appalling!! My home is less then a mile away from this place. I have children that play in our neighborhood, and now I have to worry about who the DA is placing in my neighborhood. Someone needs to take responsibility & take steps this will not happen again. I feel that people that have these issues need all the help we can give them, but I also feel that the people in our neighborhood deserve to feel safe in their own homes. This problem needs to be adressed & the people of our neighborhood need assurance from the DA and Sherrifs Dept that this will not happen again. They put these people there and need to accept responsibility for this incedent!!
Edith Fonseca August 18, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Jim, I agreed with your comment. There are parks and schools in that area ; during school, children walk by to and frm school so I don't understand how the DA sends a High Risk Sex offender to this private facility without security. It is hard to believe that the DA and other authorities care more about the conffort of this sex predator than the safety of our children and the Redwood City community.
Edith Fonseca August 18, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Jim, I agreed with your comment. There are parks and schools in the area; during school days, children walk to and from school so I don't understand how the DA sends a High Risk Sex Offener to this private facility without any security. It is hard to believe that the DA and other authorities care more about the confort of this sex predator than the safety of our children and the community.
Buck Shaw August 19, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I would reopen Alcatraz or some other island and leave them alone to survive on there own. They really don't deserve any other hell. But what school is on Edgewood Road? or is it just the neighborhood in your meaning of schools and playgrounds? There is Edgewood Park but I wouldn't let my kids walk because of traffic and no pedestrian crossings.
Michael G. Stogner August 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Jim, I agree with you completely, The Supervisors of San Mateo County are also in this loop of responsibility because they are responsible for the Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office. It's my understanding that he was ordered by the Court to be placed there, but my question is why is Wagstaffe even proceeding with a misdemeanor case against this man when he has settled a 7 FELONY count case of sex with a 12 old girl by a 23 year old man. A couple of months in jail and did NOT have to register as a Sex Offender.
M smith August 19, 2012 at 05:49 PM
M. Stogner wrote " The Supervisors ....... are responsible for the Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office." I don't think so
janet davis August 19, 2012 at 05:51 PM
How the heck does someone with a history of violence and sexual predation, even against kids, who is so violent that they have to put out a public safety alert, get put in a rehab place. There is something seriously wrong with the Court, the Probation Dept., and the Sheriff. Also how did he get to SF from Skyline? He must have had help. Once again it was the community who turned him in, not police work.
Michael G. Stogner August 19, 2012 at 07:12 PM
M Smith, you are not alone, including the Supervisors, Think about it they are the Supervisors of San Mateo County. Gov. Code 25303 shows that they are responsible.
Michael G. Stogner August 19, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Here it is GC 25303. Supervision of conduct of officers. The board of supervisors shall supervise the official conduct of all county officers, and officers of all districts and other subdivisions of the county, and particularly insofar as the functions and duties of such county officers and officers of all districts and subdivisions of the county relate to the assessing, collecting, safekeeping, management, or disbursement of public funds. It shall see that they faithfully perform their duties, direct prosecutions for delinquencies, and when necessary, require them to renew their official bond, make reports and present their books and accounts for inspection.
M smith August 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Wrong, stogner
Terri Munoz August 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Wonderful news that's another one down several more to go !!!
Michael G. Stogner August 20, 2012 at 05:29 PM
M. smith, says "Wrong, stogner" which means he/she is saying GC 25303 is also wrong. Let me point out our neighbor county/city to the north....San Francisco who's Board of Supervisors and Mayor are doing their job at this moment re: Sheriff misconduct. Let's not forget the good news in this story is that there was quick reporting to the public with a photo, and the information and the public responded. That make 2 cases in San Mateo County solved by the public within 1 day of announcement with no fatalities or property damage that is a huge win for all of us. SMSCO Office should also use Facebook and Twitter
M smith August 20, 2012 at 08:16 PM
25303 of the Gov't Code deals with the handling of public funds by county officers. That section goes on to state, "This section shall not be construed to affect the independent and constitutionally and statutorily designated investigative and prosecutorial functions of the sheriff and district attorney"
Michael G. Stogner August 20, 2012 at 08:41 PM
M. Smith that's right, here is another example of why I think the Supervisors should be included in the loop. This information was taken off of the website for Telecare Corp the owner of the facility Derrick Sanders walked away from Financial Support Funding is primarily provided through San Mateo County,
Sarah H. August 21, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Buck, St. Matthias Preschool is on Cordilleras right near Edgewood Road, which is not that far away. And Clifford Elementary School is also not that far away. Chances are he'd head down the hill in that direction, instead of up toward 280. Unless he went up to the Park-N-Ride at the top of the hill and hitched a ride up to SF.
Michael G. Stogner August 21, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Some new facts are being reported, the misdemeanor charge District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe is going after stems from a May 19, 2011 incident in which he is alleged to have asked a 15 year old boy at a bus stop to come to a hotel with him. John Summers Director of services at CMHS " These aren't people who are accused of violent assaults." He didn't know about this description of Derrick Sanders. You would think he would have been informed it it were true.
Michael G. Stogner August 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM
You would think a Violent, High Risk Sex Offender would be in the California Megan's Law System. Not the case concerning Derrick Sanders
Valerie Parkhurst September 23, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Make no mistake the "system" as a collective doesnt give a damn about your families. They spend more time on their collective bargaining agreements than they ever do watching the store or in this case their collection of deviants thats seems to be a slush fund for "public safety". The other important aspect the public needs to understand is any study put out by a government funded entity and their paid voodoo doctors, is a pre-requisite for a social policy they plan to implement onto the backs of the public. You will correlate if you look close enough, as budgets get tighter? These freaks get less dangerous in the eyes of the DOJ. Not to mention the very vocal sex offender groups who want to ram that 2% re-offend rate down the public's throat. Dont fall for it. Our world and our children are in more danger than ever before "no one is going to watch the store, but YOU!" Oh and you better seek your justice where you can find it, due to the fact you'll never find it in this Justice system..

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