Thursday, July 27, 2006

Police suspect sex offender targeted in arson attempt

Nothing new here:
Police suspect sex offender targeted in arson attempt

TROY, N.Y. (AP) _ An attempt to burn down a sex offender's home prompted an upstate district attorney to decry "vigilante justice" and promise prosecution of anyone involved.

Rensselaer County District Attorney Patricia DeAngelis said Wednesday that convicted sex offenders have the right to live in local communities after they have served their sentences and should not be subjected to "any additional vigilante justice."

Dennis Duboy, 55, was asleep at his Lansingburgh home Monday night when a passer-by started banging on his door to let him know the house was on fire, said police. Duboy woke up in time to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames around the door and a window. Police said an accelerant may have been used to set the fire. ...

Police are investigating whether the attempted arson was connected to Duboy's status as a sex offender. Duboy had complained recently about being harassed by his neighbors and had also reported a break-in at his home, police said.

Sex offenders' homes have been burning down for years now, and for all their bluster the police never solve the crime. (To be fair to the police, though, I suspect it's hard to point a finger at a particular with arson such as this.)


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