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KXLY4 News investigates lack of security at apartment complex full of sex offenders


THAT STORY IS AN EXTREME EXAMPLE. OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOME HIGH-RISK SEX OFFENDERS GET OUT OF PRISON AND COME BACK INTO OUR COMMUNITIES. AND, RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT WHO’S RESPONSIBLE WHEN THEY’RE RELEASED. LAST MONTH, MANY OF YOU WERE OUTRAGED WHEN THIS MAN – DAVID MCCUISTION – WAS RELEASED FROM A STATE FACILITY ON MCNEIL ISLAND, WHERE HE WAS CLASSIFED AS A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR. CHAOS IN SPOKANE. KXLY4’S MELISSA LUCK, WORKING FOR YOU WITH HOW ONE APARTMENT BUILDING HAS BECOME A LANDING PLACE FOR SEX OFFENDERS. MELISSA? THE STORY OF WHO LIVES AT THE NEW WASHINGTON APARTMENTS HERE AT 2ND AND WASHINGTON ISN’T ENTIRELY NEW. I ACTUALLY DID A STORY HERE 10 YEARS AGO ABOUT HOW RECENTLY RELEASED OFFENDERS WERE MOVING IN. FOR 10 YEARS, THE STATE ACTUALLY PLACED OFFENDERS HERE. BUT, LAST YEAR – THE STATE STOPPED DOING THAT – SAYING IT SIMPLY WASN’T SAFE – AND, WE WANTED TO KNOW WHY. YOU WOULDN’T EXACTLY CALL IT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SECTION OF DOWNTOWN SPOKANE. HIGH CRIME. HIGH TRAFFIC. HIGH CONCENTRATION OF FELONS AND SEX XOFFENDERS. IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL, THE NEW WASHINGTON APARTMENTS. THE FIRST STEP OUT OF PRISON FOR HUNDREDS OF FELONS AND SEX OFFENDERS. If I closed my doors, it would be like rats jumping off the ship. WHEN I TALKED TO LINDA WOLFE 10 YEARS AGO, HER COMPLEX WAS REVOLUTIONARY. THE NEW YORK TIMES EVEN WROTE ABOUT IT. SECURITY CAMERAS, LOCKS ON EVERY DOOR – AND, A NO NONSENSE POLICY FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. BUT FAST FORWARD 10 YEARS. LINDA’S SON – ALSO A SEX OFFENDER – IS NOW IN CHARGE. They feel welcome there because there’s other sex offenders. That’s the draw. SPOKANE POLICE LT STEVE WOHL HAS ALWAYS KNOWN ABOUT OFFENDERS HERE – HE HAS A DETECTIVE WHO CHECKS IN ON THEM REGULARLY BUT EVEN HE WAS SURPRISED ABOUT OUR PUBLIC RECORDS SEARCHES UNCOVERED. FIRST. A SEARCH OF THE SPOKANE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY REVEALS 16 HIGH RISK SEX OFFENDERS LIVING INSIDE. MEN, CONVICTED OF PREYING ON THEIR OWN KIDS. ON STRANGERS. YOUNG AND OLD, BOYS AND WOMEN. AMONG THE SEX OFFENDERS LIVING AND WORKING HERE? THE MANAGER PATRICK KINCHLER AND OWNER, JASON WOLFE. THEN, WE REQUESTED A LIST OF POLICE CALLS HERE. BETWEEN OCTOBER 1ST 2015 AND OCTOBER 1ST OF THIS YEAR, PEOPLE AT THIS ADDRESS CALLED POLICE FOR HELP 243 TIMES – AVERAGING ALMOST FIVE CALLS A WEEK, EVERY WEEK OF THE YEAR. EVEN AS WE CAPTURED THE VIDEO FOR THIS STORY, TWO PEOPLE APPROACHED – ASKING US TO CALL 911 ON THEIR BEHALF. Does that surprise you? It does – that there’s that many. But, what we have to realize is that’s not a police response on everything. LT WOHL POINTS OUT 243 CALLS DOESN’T EQUAL 243 CRIMES – BUT, IT’S HIGH FOR ANY CORNER IN OUR CITY. THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SAYS WHAT’S GOING ON INSIDE HAS PUT OFFENDERS THEMSELVES AT RISK. SO MUCH, IN FACT, DOC ENDED ITS 10 YEAR PRACTICE OF PLACING OFFENDERS HERE. CITING BUG INFESTATIONS, SECURITY ISSUES AND GENERAL DISREPAIR. LAST MONTH WHEN A JUDGE ALLOWED DAVID MCCUSTION TO BE RELEASED HERE, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT JOINED THE CHORUS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OBJECTING. BECAUSE HE’S STILL CONSIDERED A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR MCCUISTION HAS STRICT RULES TO FOLLOW. AND A JUDGE GRANTED HIS RELEASE ONLY IF THE MANAGER OF THE NEW WASHINGTON APARTMENTS AGREED TO MONITOR HIM. THE STATE REQUIRED SECURITY CAMERAS. WHICH AT LAST CHECK, WERE STILL NOT WORKING A MONTH LATER. DOC CITES RAMPANT DRUG ACTIVITY. AND, A PREVIOUS MANAGER WHO WENT BACK TO PRISON FOR HAVING SEX WITH A DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED RESIDENT HERE. THEN, THERE’S PETER SAVALA, WHO HIMSELF MOVED HERE FROM MCNEIL ISLAND. HE CAME INTO THE BUILDING MAY 15TH. 5 DAYS LATER, HIS BODY WAS FOUND DECOMPOSING ON HIS BED, SURROUNDED BY DRUG PARAPREHANLIA. MOST OF US COULD NEVER IMAGINE LIVING LIKE THIS. BUT, GUYS LIKE DAVID MCCUISTION HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO GO. For the most part, people who are classified where he is don’t get released into the communities – anywhere. MCCUISTION’S RELEASE FROM MCNEIL ISLAND ONLY ALLOWS HIM TO LIVE HERE – RENT PAID, WITH STATE MONEY. SO, WHEN THE OWNER THREATENED TO EVICT HIM LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER HE MOVED IN, HIS FREEDOM WAS LITERALLY ON THE LINE. DOC CALLS WHAT’S HAPPENED HERE CHAOS IN SPOKANE. This has created a very dangerous situation not only for the community at large, but Mr McCuistion himself. It was quite frankly absurd to release a Sexually Violent Predator knowing that there is no sustainable transition plan from the start and this was, in effect, setting him up for failure. BUT, WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US. KNOWING THIS HOUSING EXISTS – FULL OF OFFENDERS, CLOSE TO SCHOOLS, DAYCARES AND BUSINESSES. AND, KNOWING THE SECURITY HERE IS LACKING, AT BEST. DO THE REST OF US NEED TO WORRY? WHILE EVERYONE AGREES, DAVID MCCUISTION IS NOT A TYPICAL OFFENDER, CAPTAIN NOWLES SAYS MOST SEX OFFENDERS THEY SUPERVISE ARE TRYING TO LIVE NORMAL LIVES. THEIR MESSAGE HERE IS NOT ABOUT FEAR. BUT, AWARENESS. I don’t think you should undersell the potential danger there, really. BUt, on the other hand – the kids/young adults need to be aware that as far as the law is concderend, these people have the right to go about and live their lives like everybody else. WHILE BUSINESSES SURROUNDING THE NEW WASHINGTON APARTMENTS HAVE KNOWN ABOUT ITS INHABITANTS FOR YEARS, SOME TOLD US THEY’D CONSIDER MOVING AWAY – WORRIED ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS, AS SECURITY SEEMS TO NO LONGER BE A PRIORITY HERE. WE TRIED TO TALK TO THE OWNER AND MANAGER. BUT, THEY REPEATEDLY HUNG UP ON ME. SAYING I’M TRYING TO RUIN THEIR REPUTATIONS. ONLY THEY COULD TELL US WHAT CHANGED HERE. TURNING WHAT WAS ONCE A MODEL FOR REHABILITATION INTO A FOUR STORY COMMUNITY CONCERN. DAVID MCCUISTION’S CASE WORKERS ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT THE SECURITY HERE, THEY’LL BE BACK IN COURT TOMORROW IN PIERCE COUNTY, ASKING A JUDGE TO LOOK INTO WHAT’S HAPPENING. THE SAME JUDGE WHO IGNORED THEIR OBJECTIONS TO PLACING HIM HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. EVEN THE DOC SAYS MCCUISTION IS ACTUALLY DOING WELL IN HIS TRANSITION – FOLLOWING THE RULES – BUT, SAYS THE GUYS WHO RUN THIS PLACE HAVE NO BUSINESS TRYING TO SUPERVISE HIM.

2 Comments

Yeo Ming

Jul 7, 2017, 5:37 pm Reply

Need to cut off there balls

Yeo Ming

Jul 7, 2017, 5:39 pm Reply

Or move them in the woods far away from people

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