On October 11, Orange County (NY) sheriff's deputies arrested David Carlson, 42, after he reportedly shot to death a convicted sex offender who had been hiding from law enforcement for months, near Carlson's 22-acre property.
The fugitive, 35-year-old Norris Acosta-Sanchez, was indicted on charges of rape, criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child, after he raped a child in July, according to police.
Unaware of the charges, Carlson actually hired Acosta-Sanchez to perform odd jobs on his rural property. Carlson even had the sexual predator at his home for dinner on a few occasions.
However, Acosta-Sanchez recently admitted to Carlson that the police were actively searching for him.
On Oct. 9, Carlson notified police as to where they could find Acosta-Sanchez.
Here is where the story takes a truly bizarre twist...
Carlson's defense attorney, Ben Ostrer, described to the press, how his client, while placing himself in obvious danger, worked with the police to capture Acosta-Sanchez. Though the police reportedly botched not just one, but two attempts to do so.
The Journal News reported:
He fills out a deposition with the police,” Ostrer said. “The police tell him, ‘If you get him in the car, we’ll pull you over on Route 42.’ So he asks Acosta-Sanchez if he wants to go to Pennsylvania to get some smokes. The police don’t pull the car over. (Carlson) calls the police to ask what happened and he’s told there was a shift change.”
The next day, Ostrer said, Acosta-Sanchez again got into Carlson’s car, which was then pulled over on Route 42 by two Deer Park police cars. “They take Acosta-Sanchez to the cabin so he can get his ID, and he boogies into the woods,” Ostrer said. Acosta-Sanchez then apparently escaped by swimming across the Rio Reservoir.
The day after Acosta-Sanchez left Deer Park's finest wandering around in the woods, he once again, showed up on Carlson's property.
Carlson, a father of three, was confronted by the angry fugitive, at which time Carlson grabbed a 12-guage shotgun and ordered Acosta-Sanchez to walk out of the woods with him, according to Ostrer.
Carlson was taking him to a neighbor's house to call police.
Ostrer describes what led to the fatal shooting: "Acosta-Sanchez is getting nervous and turns on Carlson and backs him up."
Carlson shot Acosta-Sanchez twice, the sex offender died at the scene.
Carlson was charged with second-degree murder, and was released from Orange County Jail on Oct. 18, on $100,000 bond.
Neighbors seem to be unified in their support for Carlson, and are angry that police left them unprotected...
-Dean Alf Fippinger told Guns.com: "You have a good man protecting his family, and he's in jail charged with murder for protecting his family. The only people I can count on are my neighbors — and what are you doing, locking them up?"
-Lisa Dilillo, told The Journal News: "What goes through my mind is why didn't police provide Dave and his family with protection? They called off the search because it was dark, but they left his family — and the other families on the road — there with a fugitive on the loose... I'm not condoning shooting someone, but I think the police really dropped the ball.”
-An unidentified neighbor who saw the shooting, told The Libertarian Republic: "I didn’t see a murder happen. That’s as far as I’m going to go, I can tell you the community was in fear. I can tell you Dave wasn’t the only one who armed himself."
That witness asked to remain anonymous and did not wish to speak further on the case, as he is set to testify before a grand jury about the incident.