A man who was abused as a child has channeled his pain into “avenging” other victims of sexual abuse.
Alaskan native Jason Christian Vukovich was reportedly using the state’s sex offender registry to track down the addresses of convicted sex offenders. Once he found them, he would break into their homes and brutally attack them with a hammer, according to the New York Daily News.
Vukovich claimed he had been working as the “Avenging Angel” for years, but he was only recently arrested after a particularly brutal attack on Wesley Hayes Demarest. The suspect allegedly fractured the 67-year-old’s skull with a hammer.
“I’m an avenging angel, I’m going to mete out justice for the people you hurt,” Vukovich told Demarest, according to the victim.
Vukovich has also been charged with the beating of Andres E. Barbosa, 25, and Charles Leamon Albee, 68, between June 25-29.
But the “avenger” wasn’t just breaking into a home and beating his victims; he was also robbing them, which added to the litany of charges against him.
He faces 18 total charges including assault, robbery, burglary and theft — all to which he pleaded not guilty during a court hearing last week, according to the Daily News.
In a letter from jail to the Anchorage Dispatch News, Vukovich attributed his actions to the sexual and physical abuse he endured from his adoptive father as a child.
“After being physically and mentally abused by a predator, my life was forever changed,” he wrote. “I literally gave my own existence no value or concern. I became a thief and a liar and went on to make many poor choices throughout my life.”
While we can understand being upset or in pain about past abuse, attacking others is no way to exact justice.
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