ANCHORAGE, AK — The self-described “avenging angel” who attacked three registered sex offenders in Alaska has warned against the dangers of administering vigilante justice.
Jason Vukovich, 42, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault and first-degree robbery in connection to the 2016 attacks. In exchange, prosecutors will drop more than a dozen charges, according to court records obtained by the Anchorage Daily News.
“If you have already lost your youth, like me, due to a child abuser, please do not throw away your present and your future by committing acts of violence,” Vukovich, who said he was sexually assaulted as a child, wrote in a five-page letter sent to the Anchorage Daily News in November. “I’m far from perfect — a flawed and imperfect individual like everyone else,” he said, adding, “There is no place for vigilante justice in an ordered society.”
Vukovich, who said his rage against pedophiles was motivated by the fact that he was molested by his stepfather, carried a notebook with a list of names of men he planned to attack.
Vukovich got the addresses of his victims Charles Albee, Andres Barbosa, and Wesley Demarest from the state’s sex-offender registry. He entered the homes of the men and brutally beat them. Vukovich knocked Demarest unconscious with a hammer and allegedly referred to himself as an “avenging angel” during the assault.
Vukovich said that he now regrets seriously injuring Demarest, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in the attack and now finds it difficult to speak. He claims he didn’t intend to injure Demarest as seriously as he did, and he advises others who have suffered abuse to talk to someone who loves them instead of acting out violently.
“I thought back to my experiences as a child and felt the overwhelming desire to act,” he wrote. “I took matters into my own hands and assaulted three pedophiles.”
He said that he hopes to discourage anyone who may be motivated to follow in his footsteps — and says that his existence today “sucks.”
Vukovich’s attorney, Ember Tilton, acknowledged that his client should be under some type of correctional supervision, receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, and participate in a program for violent offenders. Vukovich is facing 25 years in prison.
“I now face losing most of the rest of my life due to a decision to lash out at people like him,” Vukovich says. “To all those who have suffered like I have, love yourself and those around you, this is truly the only way forward.”
Click here to read the entirety of Vukovich’s letter to the Anchorage Daily News.
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Main photo: Jason Vukovich [KTVA / YouTube (screenshot)]