Sex offender back in custody after threatening to ‘rape the first woman he sees’

John West, Courtesy: Hempstead County Sheriff's Office

HEMPSTEAD COUNTY, Arkansas – The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office alerted the public that a dangerous sex offender was being released this week.

John West, 38, served time in prison for raping a 4-year-old girl.

On April 26, West was hospitalized for an evaluation.

According to the sheriff’s office, the man told staff at a Little Rock hospital “he will rape the first woman he see.”

The sheriff says West had hallucinations that told him to rape a woman.

West is considered to be a Level 3, or high-risk, sex offender.

“We were advised by the hospital in Little Rock that he was being released. Surprise to us also,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a comment on the page.

Late Monday evening, the sheriff’s department posted an update on their Facebook page that he was back in custody. “On Monday at approximately 7:00 p.m., Hempstead County Deputies arrested John Mark West the subject of an Alert earlier in the day. He was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center where he is being held on the original charge brought by Hope Police last week.  West will be held at HCDF until released by a Judge.”

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