ORLANDO, Fla. - Only 9 Investigates found that three accused criminals -- one, charged with attempted murder, another with robbery and a third suspected of carjacking and kidnapping -- were all coming and going as they pleased on central Florida's streets as they awaited trial in Orange County.
All three of the suspects should have been confined to their homes, but they repeatedly took off until deputies finally tracked them down late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
Channel 9 investigative reporter George Spencer asked Orange County Corrections how three potentially violent suspects went off the grid at the same time.
First, it was Bessman Okafor, who was found breaking home confinement rules repeatedly and on one night, police and prosecutors said, killing a key witness in his case.
Now, Spencer found three more potentially dangerous men, all accused of violent felonies, were breaking the same home arrest rules so seriously in recent days that corrections officials had to have them re-arrested and put back in jail.
Accused attempted murderer Angel Corcino lived across from John Annis.
"As a neighbor, what does that make you think?" Spencer asked.
"I just, a little bit scary. I wasn't aware of all of this," Annis said.
The home confinement program is inherently limited.
Home confinement monitoring systems tell corrections employees just one basic thing and that is when a defendant gets home and when he leaves.
In the case of Josh Maner, police said, he carjacked a driver at gunpoint on a Pine Hills street in 2011 before stealing the man's jewelry, shoes and pants.
Now, correction employees said he left home when he wasn't supposed to at least four times in one week before his arrest on Monday.
Accused robber Kemar Phillips was off the grid for almost five hours in the middle of the night on Wednesday.
Corcino has three, hour-plus violations in just two days, 9 Investigates learned.
"The house arrest thing is getting to where, I guess, they're not really keeping up on it," said neighbor Linda Annis.
Failure to keep up was a problem in Okafor's case. His home confinement logs showed 109 curfew alerts when he was off the grid, sometimes for hours on end. But corrections officials never notified a judge. He was only re-arrested after the shooting death of a 19-year-old in Ocoee last September.
He is now charged with murder in that case.
Three reviews of the department started last week at the very same time that corrections officials went before a judge to have these three other men re-arrested. But the department told Spencer on Tuesday the timing was just a coincidence.
The Corrections Department said the arrests of these three men shows the process working as it should.
But jail officials refused to let Spencer interview the inmates. Spencer was up-front about the focus of Channel 9's investigation, but jail officials said they didn't want the men discussing their time on home arrest.
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