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Apr 16th

Citizens need to know about predatory offenders

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Michael Ricardo Stabbfeldt, 42, African American male, 6’ 1”, 205 lbs., medium build, light brown complexion, brown eyes and a mustache, is a Level III sex offender who recently took up residence on the 1500 block of Park Ave. South in Minneapolis’ Elliot Park Neighborhood. Michael Ricardo Stabbfeldt, 42, African American male, 6’ 1”, 205 lbs., medium build, light brown complexion, brown eyes and a mustache, is a Level III sex offender who recently took up residence on the 1500 block of Park Ave. South in Minneapolis’ Elliot Park Neighborhood. His image is electronically available at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/sexoffenders and http://www.doc.state.mn.us. According to public information provided by the Minneapolis Police Department, the description of his offense (at least that for which he was caught and jailed in this case) is as follows: “This offender’s victim pool is...females aged 14 to adult. Of the two victims, one was an acquaintance and the other was [not previously known to him]. In both instances, [Stabbfeldt] used excessive force and in one [he] assaulted the victim with a knife in order. [Stabbfeldt has] two prior criminal sexual conduct convictions.”

Level III sex offender classification designates that Stabbfeldt is among those considered most likely to repeat his crime, whether by violating the conditions of his release, or by waiting out his court mandated supervision and then seeking out either more victims or again attacking those he has already victimized.

The police provided the above information via flyer and at a community meeting NOT so vigilantes could figure out his exact address in order to go there and march up and down the sidewalk with picket signs or otherwise harass Stabbfeldt. They provided it because people, specifically those who live in that area, have a right to know he is an extreme threat to the public’s well being. The most sensible use to which anyone can put this information is: should you see this person, immediately get away from him. Unless you happen to see him acting like he’s under the influence of alcohol or drugs (which are violations of his release conditions), the most sensible use of this information would still be to get away from him and then dial 911 — since he might very well be in a frame of mind to go hunting.

There, of course, is not a great deal to be done about Stabbfeldt or anyone like him, except to steer well clear. However, there are predators about whom even less can be done. Minnesota judges, in their quite finite wisdom, have chosen to shield young sex offenders from having to register their whereabouts with the police. In fact, they are balking at even convicting these offenders of the felony crimes they commit, electing instead to convict them of gross misdemeanor charges. Accordingly, some prosecutors don’t waste time and effort pursuing felony convictions but, going into court with their hands relatively tied, look for the best they can do which is to seek a lesser conviction than the crime warrants. The espoused rationale advanced by irresponsible judges, lazy prosecutors and, of course, manipulative defense attorneys is that requiring registration brands children as young as 10 for crimes most of them presumably will never commit again. Tell that to White Bear Lake resident Julie Lapinksi who didn’t learn that she and her husband were raising a child next door to a six-time, teenaged sex offender until he was arrested and sent to prison for a seventh offense.

Information regarding the daily whereabouts of such miscreants, whether they are as old as Stabbfeldt or not, is vital to citizens who want to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from attack. Consider this frightening fact: the statewide Predatory Offender Registry currently lists no less than roughly 12,500 individuals to which approximately 100 more such violators of the unsuspecting are added each month.

To be sure, there is in theory the right of any convicted criminal to turn over the proverbial leaf, learn the error of his (or her) ways and rectify dangerous behavior. Additionally, there’s the concept which dictates that a given individu
 

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