(KMOV.com) - Two sex offenders have recently walked away from a Missouri Department of Corrections facility. It is called the St. Louis Community Release Center and it is a place where paroled offenders can live while they work or go to school.
Akery, a registered sex offender for attempting to rape a woman in 2007, police say checked himself out of the facility and didnâ€™t come back.
Later that day, police say he forced a woman to the ground outside of her apartment downtown and tried to rape her.
â€śAbsolutely unfortunate and scary that it happened here downtown,â€ť said Levi Nelligan whoâ€™s often downtown.
People we talked to werenâ€™t even aware a parolee facility was so nearby.
â€śYou think you might want to keep that away from a locally active population but at the same time people need a place to work and live somewhere,â€ť Nelligan said.
But itâ€™s far from the first time someone has left the center only to re-offend. Last summer, Ronnell Edwards who allegedly molested a 7-year-old boy, was paroled to the center, walked away and then went straight to his victimâ€™s school. The supervisor of the facility wouldnâ€™t answer questions about safeguards.