Escapee Found Panhandling in SF

Man has a history of violence.

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012  |  Updated 10:46 AM PDT
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Escapee Found Panhandling in SF

A parolee with a history of violence and sex offenses who escaped Friday morning from a mental health facility in unincorporated Redwood City has been caught.

San Mateo County sheriff's said someone recognized Derrick Sanders, 34, panhandling near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf Saturday morning and alerted police who arrested him without incident.

Sanders was found missing from the Cordilleras Mental Health Facility at 200 Edmonds Road around 4 a.m. Friday, said Lt. Larry  Schumaker.

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.

He is believed to have escaped through an elevator shaft and is considered a "high risk" offender with mental health issues.

Police credit extensive media coverage for the suspect's safe capture. 

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