NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) - At a news conference Tuesday, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour sharply criticized New York State for what he described as a failure to notify him or his office a dangerous criminal had cut off a GPS ankle monitor and was unaccounted for.
Sheriff Voutour announced Tuesday the wrong man had been arrested in an attempted kidnapping in the Town of Wheatfield. It was 65-year-old Larry Keiper, not Sal Prezioso, who had tried to take a 6-year-old girl out of her family's home in the early morning hours of June 28.
Keiper is on parole for a burglary conviction and is a level three sex offender. According to Sheriff Voutour, no one overseeing Keiper in the state parole system notified his office the violent offender was on the run.
However, a statement released by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) today seems to contradict that claim.
DOCCS oversees parole and confirmed they were alerted that a GPS monitor had been tampered with on June 22. That same day, after confirming Keiper was unaccounted for, an absconder warrant was issued for Keiper and a statewide database was updated. The department then issued a "be on the lookout" alert for Keiper which was broadcast to all local agencies around 11:55 a.m.
NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision releases statement on attempted kidnapping in Niagara County. Larry Keiper, on parole, had removed ankle monitor six days earlier according to Sheriff Voutour. @WKBWpic.twitter.com/gpvSGKcuH1