Local authorities want you to pay attention in case you come across Kevin Scott Miller.
As of Thursday, local authorities say there is no indication that Canada has plans to extradite him on a nationwide warrant there. The warrant is good only in Canada.
Until Miller commits a crime in the U.S., officials have no power to arrest or supervise the level III sex offender.
He holds dual citizenship in Canada and the United States.
Jennifer Fleck said Miller approached her and a group of her friends at Arlington’s Haller Park this month.
“He was very charming. He would say things to put you at ease, to keep you comfortable and compliment you,” Fleck said.
After hanging out for several days, Fleck said, Miller’s behavior quickly changed.
“We started to get a bad feeling from him. You could see him losing his temper kind of easily,” Fleck said.
Fleck and her friends stopped hanging out with Miller.
She said she had no idea the 45-year-old is a sex offender in Canada, after crossed the border into Washington in January.
“Because he is homeless and he could be anywhere in the county of 750,000 people, we did do this unprecedented attempt of reaching out to the public,” Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.
Authorities say Miller derives pleasure from choking women and watching them suffer. He’s been convicted of sexually assaulting two women in Vancouver, B.C. One of the victims was just 14.
“I’m so creeped out; its pretty scary. The next person may not be so lucky,” Fleck said.
But local authorities say their hands are tied. He’s not wanted for a crime here, so only Canada has the power to extradite him.
“The ball is in Ottawa`s court at this point, as far as we know,” Ireton said.
This isn’t the first time a dangerous sex offender has crossed over from Canada.
Michael Stanley, who holds American citizenship, moved into Seattle after fleeing Canada, where he was a sex offender and wanted for breaking off his GPS bracelet.
The Washington Department of Corrections in Olympia says they don’t have the authority to watch Miller until he is sentenced by local courts to serve community supervision.
“Take him back, lock him up and get him help,” Fleck said.
Miller is currently listed on Snohomish County’s sex offender registry.