FAMILYWATCHDOG.US USED TO BUST REGISTERED OFFENDER WHO ATTEMPTED TO LURE A CHILD FROM HIS MOTHER
FamilyWatchdog.US was recently used by a Florida mother to identify, locate and arrest Thomas Andrew Vandegrifft, a 27 year old registered offender who attempted to lure her four-year-old son from a Florida Park. An unknown man approached her son while playing in Navarre Park in Santa Rosa County, Florida, asking if he wanted to go home and play ball at the man's house. The boy later told his mother about the man and growing concerned, she searched the area around the park for registered offenders using FamilyWatchdog.US, the nation's leading offender registry source. After viewing just one other registered offender, the woman found a picture of the man who just hours earlier approached her son. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff, Vandegrifft, who was convicted in 1999 of Lewd and Lascivious Assault on a child under 16, was later positively identified by four individuals, arrested, and charged with Luring and Enticing a Child, a 3rd degree felony. Vandegrifft was denied bond and remains in the Santa Rosa County Jail awaiting trial.