District disappointed rapist released without notice

A public warning about Andrew Aurie Jefferson was released by Mission RCMP

Andrew Aurie Jefferson

The District of Mission released a statement Monday saying it is “disappointed to learn that a high risk sexual offender” was released into the community without any prior consultation or advanced notice.

Mission RCMP issued a public warning Friday that a serial rapist with a high risk of reoffending was released from prison last Thursday and will be residing in Mission.

Andrew Aurie Jefferson, 26, has a criminal record involving sexual-related offences against adult females.

“The district has received assurance from the RCMP that appropriate measures are being deployed to ensure the safety of Mission residents,” reads the statement, which adds that mayor and council are seeking a resolution to this “unacceptable situation.”

Mayor James Atebe called a special council meeting Monday to deal with the issue.

Jefferson terrorized a Calgary neighbourhood in 2006 with a series of armed street attacks, gaining the nickname the “Falconridge rapist”.

On April 8, 2006, a 19-year-old woman was grabbed as she was walking along a street, dragged behind a condo and raped.

A month later on May 10, a 35-year-old woman was grabbed by the neck as she was leaving a 7-Eleven store, dragged to a footpath and raped.

Jefferson was convicted in 2007 of three separate attacks.

He was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted for sexually assaulting two women with knives in April and May 2006, as well as assaulting another woman in March.

According to the RCMP, Jefferson’s method is to randomly grab a female from behind who is walking down the street and threatens to kill her with a knife if she screams.

Just eight months ago, Jefferson was deemed a high risk to reoffend by the Parole Board of Canada and was denied an application for early release.

That report showed Jefferson had racked up five institutional charges and twice failed to finish sexual offender counseling.

Jefferson must report to the Mission RCMP detachment daily and will be monitored by a probation officer.

He has several conditions of his parole:

• have no contact with the victims or families

• no possession of knives except to prepare and consume food

• shall not carry, own or possess any weapons;

• no alcohol or controlled substances

• shall not enter any place where alcohol is the primary commodity for sale

• he must remain in his home between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily except for work.

Jefferson is a Caucasian male, 5’9″ tall and weighs 83 kg (183 lb). He has brown hair and green eyes.

If you see Jefferson violating any of these conditions, do not approach him. Call Mission RCMP at 604-826-7161.

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