WARREN - One of Pennsylvania's most wanted fugitives spent about a year living in missions in Warren and Youngstown under an alias before the alleged child rapist was captured July 16 at a home on Kenilworth Avenue S.E.
"If they elude the police, the ATF and homeland security, what chance do we have?" Jim Echement, executive director of the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning County, said.
Shawn Fake, 45, of York, Pa., was charged in March 2011 by the York City Police Department with 22 counts of forcible rape of children younger than 13, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors.
Fake, who was named one of the Pennsylvania State Police's "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives in 2013, was arrested by deputy U.S. marshals and task force officers in the 800 block of Kenilworth Avenue S.E., according to information released by the U.S. Marshals Office. He gave a false name, the report states.
A three-year chase traced leads for Fake through Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio, where Fake avoided capture by using false names and by living as a homeless person, according to U.S. Marshal's reports.
Fake spent about three months in 2013 living at the Warren Family Mission where he used a New Jersey I.D. and incorrect Social Security number to fool background checks.
"He had a fake I.D. and he just slipped through,'' Executive Directo Chris Gilger said. ''He was real quiet, didn't like people.''
Gilger said he spent time fixing homes and mowing lawns with Fake and learned from him that he had lived for several years on Scott Street with a stint on High Street. Fake was eventually kicked out of the mission in late November 2013 after getting in a fight with another resident.
He spent November 2013 through June living at the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning County in Youngstown. He went by the name "Richard Kahill," according to Echement.
He was a "low-key" "model citizen" and participated in a work program before simply disappearing, Echement said.
The missions have different procedures when residents check-in for a stay, though both initially check sex offender lists, like eSORN. Those criminals are prohibited from their facilities.
Gilger said to stay at the Warren mission, clients are also run through a more extensive background check that the FBI connected them after New York murder suspect Raymond Mayrant was found staying at the mission in January 2013. "We don't want to take in violent offenders," Gilger said. "If their Social Security number won't work, we won't take them."
Staying at the Youngstown mission is a bit more lax.
"As an emergency shelter, we receive everyone as long as they're not drunk or obviously high on something," Echement said.
In Fake's case, being in a work program, Echement said, they place the burden of background checks on the employer. Both executive directors said Fake was not in contact with women or children at their facilities since the genders are kept separate.
Fake had an extradition hearing on June 16 and immediately sent back to York, Pa.