Released Sex Offender in Custody in Hempstead County

From Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton

UPDATE 5-6-2019 7:30 p.m.::::According to Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, John West, who was convicted 22 years ago for the rape of a 4-year-old girl and reportedly told hospital staff he was going to rape the first woman he saw, was taken into custody by Hempstead County Deputies Monday evening. Sheriff  Singleton said West will be held until ordered released by a Judge. Sheriff Singleton said more information will be available at a later time but he wanted to let the community know West is in custody.

The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office has been notified that A LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER will be released today Monday May 6, 2019 to Hempstead County.

Background Information:

John West is a 38-year-old Caucasian Male, convicted of rape on 10/07/1996. Documentation indicates that the West had sexual contact with a 4-year-old female living in his home. Medical records physical evidence of sexual contact.

West was arrested by Hope Police on 4/26/19 for disorderly conduct and transported to a hospital in Little Rock for an evaluation. At the time of his arrest he listed his address as homeless in Hope, Arkansas.

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According to the hospital, West will be released back to Hempstead County and will likely be homeless. West apparently suffers from mental illness and is stable while on medication. He is telling the hospital personnel that he will not stay on his medication when he walks out of the hospital. He is also telling the hospital staff that he will rape the first woman he sees so he can come back to ADC. West reported that he has previously had command hallucinations that told him to rape a woman.

This notice is provided to the Citizens of Hempstead County out of a concern for the safety for the citizens. Please use caution if this person approaches you, Call 911 immediately and report whereabouts. Please do not approach.

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